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Icy treats keep animals cool in heat

Thursday, Jan 09, 2014 - 00:48

Jan. 9 - Animals sweltering in a Rio de Janeiro zoo enjoy icy treats as a summer heat wave grips the city. Tara Cleary reports.

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A frozen chunk of meat for a hot tiger at the Rio de Janeiro zoo. Animals were treated to fruit and meat-laced frozen tidbits as Brazil's summer temperatures soared to as high as 120 degrees Fahrenheit, or almost 50 degrees Celsius. Zoo technician, Karla Cunha says visitors enjoy watching the animals tuck into their icy treats. SOUNDBITE: Karla Cunha, zoo technician, saying (Portuguese): "(The ice cream) helps hydrate the animals because it refreshes them and they enjoy it. Besides this, it sharpens their senses, their thinking, taste, smell." And for some animals, the cooling process happens inside and out.

Icy treats keep animals cool in heat

Thursday, Jan 09, 2014 - 00:48

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