Ice, Ice Baby! Cool Treats for Hot Animals

As the temperatures rise, these zoo creatures chill out with a little brain-freeze goodness

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CAKE BOSS

CAKE BOSS
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Chow time! A giant panda digs in to a greens-filled ice cake during a summer birthday celebration at a Shanghai zoo. Watch those teeth, buddy!

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MELT-WORTHY

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When the going gets tough, the tough – like this monkey at the National Zoological Park in Delhi, India – get ice cream!

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GETTING OTTER

GETTING OTTER
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It’s good ‘til the last drop! An otter in Hampshire, England, gets his hot little paws on a frozen fruit and veggie snack.

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FRESH & FRUITY

FRESH & FRUITY
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Just one spoon, thanks! A lucky giraffe at Zoo Rhenen in the Netherlands sticks his tongue into an extra-large fruit-and-ice cream medley on an 85-degree day.

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DOUBLE DIP

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Two mandrills taste a bit of frozen goodness at Zoo Rhenen. Sharing is caring, you know!

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ICY FRESH

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Apples and bananas and an ice chunk, oh my! A monkey goes in for a big bite at the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo, Japan. Don’t eat it all at once, little guy.

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BEARY YUMMY

BEARY YUMMY

Swimming and eating? What a daring idea! This bear, at Israel’s Ramat Gan Safari, seems happy to indulge on chilled berries on a 93-degree day!

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SAVORY SNACK

SAVORY SNACK
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What’s on the tip of this gorilla’s tongue? A fruit-flavored block of ice! Effie, a female western lowland gorilla living at the London Zoo, savors some coolness on what was rumored to be England’s hottest day of the year – 91 degrees!

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ORANGE YOU GLAD

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Scorching heat compelled this tiny monkey to sink his teeth into a delicious orange ice pop at the HeFei Wildlife Park in China. Orange you glad he did?

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VEGGIE TALES

VEGGIE TALES
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Mmmm … cabbage in ice! Probably not what we would have chosen, but polar bear Yukio is quite content eating his veggies on a sizzling 86-degree day!

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CHILL OUT

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Ice plus bears apparently equals true love! Brown bears Honey and Roan, who live at the Melbourne Zoo in Australia, were treated to a winter wonderland in their exhibit, featuring 10 tons of fresh snow and a bear-shaped ice sculpture. Sounds like a beary chill day, indeed.

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ON THIN ICE

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Nom nom! On extra-hot days, China’s Wuhan Zoo keeps its inhabitants chilled with blocks of ice, like this one given to playful panda Xi Wang.

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BITE-SIZED

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Tiny animal, tiny treat! Buckley the beaver enjoys a fruit, veggie and juice popsicle to help him cool off on a 100-degree day at the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, Wash. Can we have a bite?

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