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Belfast Zoo animals wake up to winter wonderland as snow and ice hit Northern Ireland

The animals at Belfast Zoo woke up in a winter wonderland at Cave Hill today.

It comes as snow and ice caused widespread disruption across Northern Ireland on Friday morning and the Met Office warns of more with a new ice warning.

A yellow alert will be in place from 5pm on Friday and last until 11am on Saturday.

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Forecasters are predicting temperatures to plummet tonight leaving untreated surfaces particularly treacherous.

While some of the animals in the Zoo such as the gentoo penguins thrive in the snowy conditions - others have heated housing which they can retreat to in winter

Andean bears are found in the Andes mountains so Spook enjoyed exploring his new snowy surroundings.

The zoo remained open today and visitors got the chance to see Logan the maned wolf and many other species, as they enjoyed the recent cold weather.

Chris and Plocia the red pandas had a great view of snowy Belfast from their treetop home while Yhetto the Asian elephant enjoyed her snowy Cave Hill surroundings.

Visitors who are planning to visit the zoo over the next few days, should call 028 9077 6277 before they begin their journey for up to date opening information.

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