Zoo animals enjoy ice lollies to cool off in Spain's heatwave
Fiona Govan · 22 Jul 2016, 11:21
Published: 22 Jul 2016 11:21 GMT+02:00
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With a heatwave gripping Spain zoo keepers came up with inventive ways to treat those in their care.
Gorillas swinging from giant fruit lollies, hippos munching on frozen watermelons and lions chewing on frozen chicken drumsticks, these were just some of the delights for visitors at Valencia’s Bioparc, a safari park in eastern Spain this week.
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While many of the mammals are accustomed to such temperatures in their natural habitat, others are not.
Madrid’s giant pandas, one of the zoo’s star attraction are kept inside in air conditioned quarters for most of the day during summer when temperatures outside become dangerously hot.