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In Pictures: How does a squirrel monkey cool down in a heatwave?

Keepers at ZSL London Zoo have come up with some fun ways to help their animals cope with the soaring temperatures.

Temperatures were rising at ZSL London Zoo (Victoria Jones/PA)
Temperatures were rising at ZSL London Zoo (Victoria Jones/PA)

With temperatures soaring in the capital, ZSL London Zoo’s animals have been cooling off with icy treats made of frozen fruit tea and nuts.

The troop of Bolivian black-capped squirrel monkeys enjoyed mini frozen fruit-tea lollies hung up high in the foliage of their enclosure.

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These are not your every day ice lollies (Victoria Jones/PA)
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The specially made icy treats also provided a game for the monkey house inhabitants (Victoria Jones/PA)
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Soon the whole troop was in on the act (Victoria Jones/PA)
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But working up a sweat isn’t too much bother when you’ve got a nice treat to reward your efforts (Victoria Jones/PA)
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The zoo’s critically endangered western lowland gorillas didn’t miss out (Victoria Jones/PA)
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Kumbuka, Effie, Zaire and youngsters Alika and Gernot all enjoyed cooling treats (Victoria Jones/PA)
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The gorillas feasted on frozen iced tea cakes with walnuts (Victoria Jones/PA)
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And proved it wasn’t too hot for an extended play time (Victoria Jones/PA)

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