Tuesday 25 July 2017

Icy treat helps zoo animals keep their cool

A lemur licks a block of frozen yogurt and fruit to refresh itself in Rome's Bioparco zoo
A lemur licks a block of frozen yogurt and fruit to refresh itself in Rome's Bioparco zoo
A tiger refreshes with a block of ice containing bits of meat in Rome's Bioparco zoo

The macaques snacked on cold melons, the lemurs nibbled frozen fruit pops and the tiger had his red meat on ice.

As the temperatures climbed to nearly 40C (104 Fahrenheit), the animals at Rome's zoo are getting some cool relief from a heat wave.

It's a ritual that the keepers at Rome's Bioparc zoo often employ when the Mediterranean heat settles on Rome in the summer months.

Zoo official Yitzhak Yadid said the icy treats keep the animals cool and occupied with something new.

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