Every morning between 7:30 and 9 a.m., Buffalo Zoo giraffe keepers spell out upbeat messages to Oishei Children's Hospital patients by writing them in hay on the Giraffe House floor.
It goes on from there, with other zoo animal exhibits throughout the day, courtesy of Buffalo Zoo TV.
Live camera feeds and archived video footage of certain animal exhibits are streamed onto television monitors in the hospital patients' rooms. Gorillas playing, polar bears doing their thing, lions, tigers and big-horned sheep are captured on the feeds. Even the Eurasian lynx.
It's been likened to "visiting" the zoo from your hospital room.
Stay tuned. There's more featured animal exhibits on their way, according to zoo staff.
The program, which has been running since the hospital opened in mid-November, is still in its infancy.
Created exclusively for Kaleida Health, which operates the hospital on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, the feature is popular. It also can be viewed by patients and their families on their personal devices such as smartphones, laptops and tablets. To view it on TV monitors in individual patient rooms, patients select option 4 on their remotes.
During the day, the channel features live footage that rotates from camera to camera every minute, along with engaging animal questions for patients and families to think about.
When the camera feeds must be turned off at night, the channel features archived video footage of zoo animals showing off their fun and interesting behaviors.
Also included in the current video feed lineup through InVue Digital are: M&T Bank rainforest falls, reindeer, meerkat, maned wolf, golden lion tamarin, bald eagle, arctic fox and bison.