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ROME - Giant meat-flavored ice lollies for the tigers and lions and frozen fruit and watermelons for the monkeys: Rome's main zoo is resorting to some resourceful methods to battle the current heatwave.
With temperatures hitting nearly 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) in the Italian capital, zookeepers said in a statement on Tuesday that they were trying to help some of the 1,000 animals "confront the torrid heat."
Tigers and lions can be seen pawing at the giant lollies about the size of the carnivores' heads, while monkeys are being given bamboo canes filled with yoghurt and frozen fruit as well as watermelons to cool themselves down.
"These tools are also a way of enriching their environment and allow the animals to sharpen their skills at finding food," the zookeepers said.