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How zoos beat the heat

Zookeepers give animals some tasty ways to cool off.

Gray langurs enjoy an ice bomb filled with fruit on July 16 at the Hanover Adventure Zoo in Germany. The country was in the grip of a heat wave with temperatures topping 90 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius). Peter Steffen / AFP - Getty Images
A polar bear cub lies on artificial snow in Russia's Moscow Zoo on July 21. Temperature records were broken across central Russia during the summer heat wave. Misha Japaridze / AP
A worker gives frozen fruit to elephants at Madrid's zoo in Spain to cool off on July 7. Dani Pozo / AFP - Getty Images
Naba, a 4-year-old African lioness, keeps cool by licking a "bloodsicle" made of frozen cow blood at the National Zoo in Washington on June 9, 2008. Zoos across the country use shade, water and every conceivable form of cooling machine to help animals, visitors and workers beat the heat every summer. Charles Dharapak / AP
A mandrill licks ice cream in a zoo in the Dutch city of Rhenen on Aug. 6, 2009. The animals in the zoo were treated to cold ice to cool them down amid temperatures near 85 degrees F (29 degrees C). Robin Utrecht / AFP - Getty Images
An otter snacks on a "fishsicle" at the Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, N.J. Annemarie Ferrie / Turtle Back Zoo via AP
Chewie, a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, samples a frozen treat on July 8. Ernest Coleman / The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP
Buckley, a 9-year-old beaver at Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, Wash., nibbles on a fruit, veggie and juice popsicle amid temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) on July 29, 2009. Lui Kit Wong / The News Tribune via AP
A rhesus monkey sucks on a frozen treat to stay cool at a zoo in the Chinese city of Qingdao on July 7. Summer weather sparked heat alerts in many parts of China, and Beijing recorded the highest temperatures for the first 10 days of July in 50 years. Wu Hong / EPA
Children watch as a polar bear beats the heat with a swim at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago on June 24, 2005. Brian Kersey / AP
An adult and baby meerkat cool down as they eat a watermelon given to them by their keepers at ZSL London Zoo on July 9. Oli Scarff / Getty Images
A chimpanzee enjoys a piece of ice filled with peanuts and fruit bites at Amersfoort Zoo in the Netherlands on July 1. Robert Vos / EPA
Toba, a 34-year-old orangutan, has a frozen treat at the Oklahoma City Zoo on July 28, 2006. Sue Ogrocki / AP
White-handed gibbons eat frozen fruits at the Sao Paulo Zoo in Brazil on Nov. 12, 2009. Paulo Whitaker / Brazil Animals Society via Reuters