Frozen treats and sprinklers keep Bangkok zoo animals cool

Frozen treats and sprinklers keep Bangkok zoo animals cool
A chimpanzee drinks a sweet refreshment as it is sprayed with water on a hot day at Dusit zoo in Bangkok, Thailand, March 30, 2017.
PHOTO: Reuters

BANGKOK - Malayan sun bears have been enjoying popsicles and cold yoghurt in a Thailand zoo that has been feeding its animals frozen treats and spraying them down with water to keep them cool in the summer heat.

A Malayan sun bear licks a block of ice during a hot day at Dusit zoo in Bangkok, Thailand, March 30, 2017.Photo: Reuters

With temperatures soaring to highs of 42 Celsius (107.6 Fahrenheit), keepers at Dusit Zoo have been working to prevent animals becoming distressed, hosing down elephants and feeding chimpanzees sweet, cold treats made from fruits and syrup.

A mahout sits on an elephant as they play in a pool during a hot day at Dusit zoo in Bangkok, Thailand, March 30, 2017.Photo: Reuters

"These animals can be stressed out (if the weather is too hot)," said zookeeper Sompong Sawatnam. "They will walk around shaking their heads. Each day, we have different kinds of popsicles made by nutritionists, which will help cool them down."

A peacock spreads its feathers at Dusit zoo in Bangkok, Thailand, March 30, 2017.Photo: Reuters

The zoo has also set up sprinklers and increased the amount of shade available for animals, while Thailand's Public Health Ministry has warned people to keep hydrated and remain inside to avoid heat stroke.

A child plays in a pool during a hot day at Dusit zoo in Bangkok, Thailand, March 30, 2017.Photo: Reuters

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