Special ice lollies a treat for wild animals at Port Lympne near Folkestone

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How does a big cat stay a cool cat? Take a quick bath like the local tapirs of course.

And if you happen to be a baboon or giraffe then a nice ice cold lolly does just the job.

At the mercury soars to temperatures on par with the hot spots of Europe, these creatures are getting their summer treats at Port Lympne animal park near Folkestone.

Spring was a miserable start of course with hosepipe bans and continual rain. But now keepers are delighted the Sun has finally broken through sending the temperatures soaring.

It gives them the opportunity to treat the animals in their care to some unusual ice lollies and welcome cool baths.

Animal director, Adrian Harland said: “Enrichment plays a vital part in how we care for our animals. It helps to stimulate their senses and provide them with interesting challenges.

“The ice lollies were made from frozen apples and are 100 per cent natural ingredients and were a welcome treat for the animals.”

After the incessant rain the water ponds in the Malayan tapir enclosure at Port Lympne and the tiger enclosure at Howletts were filled and the tapirs and tigers relished the opportunity for a refreshing swim.

Mr Harland added: “Tigers and tapirs both love the water and the lovely weather has given them the perfect excuse to get in for a splash.”

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