Warmer-than-normal temperatures in Russia have set primroses blooming, children playing and ... animals mating? Yup, it's true, says a curator of a zoo near Moscow. This year the Ivanovo Zoo is expecting puma kittens two months early, and is waiting for lynxes and camels to bear offspring as well since they mated during the warm winter. The bears, unfortunately, didn't enjoy the winter sun as much. It's wreaking havoc with their hibernation schedules. The Moscow Zoo says its bears only dropped off in the end of December after a snowfall; they usually hibernate from November at the latest.
But who can blame them for getting confused? 2006 was, after all, the warmest winter in Moscow's recorded history.