Delightful pictures of zoo animals playing in the snow

Because it's Friday

Brown bear rolling and playing in the snow
Brown bear rolling and playing in the snowJulie Larsen Maher

A snowstorm hammered the Northeast yesterday, dumping as much as a foot of snow in some places. And while the storm closed schools, grounded flights, and inconvenienced a lot of humans, the animals at the Bronx Zoo couldn't be happier about it. These photos of animals playing in the snow were taken today by zoo staff, and they're the perfect ending to a long week.

Although they're rubbish at building snow forts throwing snowballs, lots of animals enjoy playing in fresh snow. For an explainer about where this urge comes from (and more photos and videos of animals playing in the snow) read this.

Siberian tiger with snow on his face after exploring the snowy Tiger Mountain exhibit
Siberian tiger with snow on his face after exploring the snowy Tiger Mountain exhibitJulie Larsen Maher
Polar bear swimming, splashing, and playing with a giant red ball
Polar bear swimming, splashing, and playing with a giant red ballJulie Larsen Maher