Animals at Drusillas try to beat the heat

Capybara tries to beat the heat at Drusillas SUS-160718-160545001
Capybara tries to beat the heat at Drusillas SUS-160718-160545001

It looks like the summer has finally arrived and with temperatures set to top 30 degrees in parts of the country tomorrow, the zoo keepers at Drusillas Park have been introducing some new measures to help ensure the animals don’t get too hot under the collar.

Just like humans, animals can be affected by the heat so staff have made preparations to ensure the zoo residents remain chilled out, even as the temperatures are rising.

Lemur tries to beat the heat at Drusillas SUS-160718-144812001

Lemur tries to beat the heat at Drusillas SUS-160718-144812001

The ring-tailed lemurs, along with many of the zoo’s residents, have been enjoying giant lollipops made from frozen fruit and vegetables.

These not only help keep the animals cool, they also form part of their daily enrichment programme encouraging them to work a little harder for their food as they would in the wild.

The zoo’s resident penguins have also had a temporary sprinkler installed on their beach, which has made a huge splash with the furry favourites.

Whereas capybaras Hector and Sayen have discovered their own unique way of keeping cool by completely immersing themselves in the mud to wallow.

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