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Zoo animals enjoy ice lollies to cool off in Spain’s heatwave

Vegetable ice-cream, iced fruit and for the carnivores among them, generous helpings of frozen meat, this is how zoo animals across Spain have kept their cool this week.

Zoo animals enjoy ice lollies to cool off in Spain's heatwave
A chimp slurps on frozen fruit as temperatures soar across Spain. Photo: Bioparc Valencia

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.

 

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Spain urges holidaymakers to head home early due to snow and strong wind warnings

Nine Spanish regions were put on alert on Tuesday for heavy snow, rain and strong winds, with the country's traffic authorities calling for people taking holidays this long weekend to head home early to avoid the worst of the bad weather.

Spain urges holidaymakers to head home early due to snow and strong wind warnings
Vehicles stuck in traffic due to a heavy snowfall near Burgos, northern Spain, in March 2021. Photo: Cesar Manso/AFP

Aragón, Castilla y León, Catalonia, Navarra and the Basque Country will be on orange alert from Tuesday for snow storms, while Asturias, Cantabria, La Rioja and La Comunidad Valenciana are on the less-severe yellow alert, Spain’s State Meteorological Agency (Aemet) announced.

A slight increase in temperatures will increase the risk of avalanches in the Pyrenees and the central Cantabrian mountain range.

Some roads in the north of the country are already being affected by snow and are being restricted to some traffic such as trucks and heavy vehicles.

Spain’s traffic authority (DGT) called on residents in the northern half of the country to return early from the puente (long weekend) marked by the public holidays of December 6 and 8, ahead of heavy snow forecast for Wednesday.

Of the 108 main roads affected by the heavy snow in Spain, almost half of them are in the northeastern region Aragón.

Aragón, Catalonia and Navarra are at risk of avalanches, according to data from Aemet, while a storm warning has been issued for the coastal areas of Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria, Catalonia and the Basque country.

Heavy rainfall is expected in Galicia, extending to Cantabria and the western Pyrenees.

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