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Zoo cools animals in China heatwave

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 00:57

Aug. 1 - Ice-cream helps to keep zoo animals cool during a heatwave in east China. Lily Grimes reports.

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It's usually visitors eating ice cream at the zoo. But a heatwave in east China is making life tough for these animals - and the cold sugary treat seems to be helping. Even the indigenous pandas are having trouble keeping cool. But iced fruit salad gets this gentle giant through the day. (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin) ZOO BREEDER FANG GUOHONG SAYING: "The temperature for them must be lower than 25 degrees Celsius otherwise they would need air conditioners." A heatwave bringing temperatures well above 35 degrees Celsius is sweeping across parts of eastern and southern China, with the meteorological office launching a 'level two' emergency response, according to the state news agency. They say at least two people have died from heat stroke in the eastern city of Shanghai. Here at the zoo even those from the African plains are seeking some shade.

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Zoo cools animals in China heatwave

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 00:57