By Mollie Mansfield
Boiling animals are doing their best to cool down in the blistering 33 degree heat by sucking on ice lollies and watermelon.
Animals at Cotswold Wildlife Park have been feeling the British heatwave this week, so have been treated to ice poles, watermelon and cooling showers to help them battle the soaring temperatures.
With temperatures to reach as high as 38 degrees, the Park have been doing their best to make sure their furry friends aren’t overheating in the sun.
The animals, ranging from lemurs and capybaras to tapirs and penguins, can be seen using adopting any technique possible to cool them down.
Chris Kibbey, Section Head of Primates and Small Mammals at Cotswold Wildlife Park, said: “”It’s hot, hot, hot here in the Cotswolds, and keepers have to be prepared to keep themselves and the animals under their care cool.
“As always, we ensure all animals have access to adequate shade and plenty of water, but with the predicted record temperatures forecast, it also allows us to be a little inventive with our enrichment.
“The Lemurs enjoyed slices of cooling watermelon and frozen fruit lollies (made with natural ingredients of course), hung in the aptly named Monkey Puzzle Tree.
“The Meerkats also enjoyed some watermelon, with alpha male Marley dominating most of it.
“Gomez and Lollie the Tapirs enjoyed a frozen pear and melon treat, and even the Binturong had some refreshing melon.
“The keepers are currently decimating the stocks of ice cream and orange lollies from the Gift Shop!”