As Rome temperatures reach up to nearly 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) this month, zoo-keepers at the Italian capital's Zoological Garden are making extra efforts to keep the animals cool.
Elephants at the zoo can be seen taking a bath in their own little pool to get out of the mid-day sun. They splash about and wave their trunks in the air as tourists take pictures.
Not far from the elephants, the bears are getting a special treat. A zoo-keeper stands above their pool and throws down big blocks of ice laden with a variety of fruits. The bears cool down as they enjoy a refreshing snack.
Zoo curator Yitzhak Yadid says it is important to make sure all animals have
pools to cool off in, shady places to sit and plenty of water. "It is very important for them to have water because it is the only means that they can really release excess of temperature," he told AP Television on Monday.
In addition they help the animals cool down with frozen fruit, fish, and yogurts.
A chimpanzee chills out in the heat of the afternoon under a shady tree in his
pen while a fake waterfall cools the air.
Nearby another chimpanzee is enjoying a frozen fruit banana snack.
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