Wednesday 28 September 2016

Macaques having a ball as they cool down with ice lollies at safari park

Published 02/06/2016 | 19:56

A Barbary macaque enjoys a mixed seed filled ice ball
A Barbary macaque enjoys a mixed seed filled ice ball

A troop of monkeys cooled off with special ice lollies as they basked in the Scottish sunshine.

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The 26 Barbary macaques lapped up the ice balls filled with mixed seeds handed out by keepers at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling on Thursday.

Park manager Gary Gilmour said the macaques were so keen on the icy treats they chased after them into their pool as temperatures soared.

He said: " The melon-sized balls were frozen with mixed seeds through them and were scattered around and in their waterfall pool, with some of the macaques even wadding into retrieve the balls from the pool."

The troop is originally from Gibraltar, home to Europe's only wild monkey population, and arrived at the park at the end of 2014.

The species is native to Morocco and Algeria and has a lifespan of up to 30 years.

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