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Zoo-TV provides live feeds for patients at new children's hospital

Posted at 8:42 AM, Nov 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-15 08:42:45-05

Kids who are patients at Oishei Children's Hopital have their own special TV channel in their rooms.

It's called Zoo-TV.  This is a live feed of cameras at the Buffalo Zoo, streamed directly to televisions in patients' rooms.

Zoo-TV's benefits include more than just entertainment.

"People with medical conditions benefit from being able to see live animals. Even in a doctor's office when you see that fish tank, that's no accident.  Fish can reduce heart rate.  We know that it has a soothing effect on people," said Tiffany Vanderwerf, Chief Conservation Officer at the zoo.

The zoo plans on adding more camera feeds soon.