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Polar bears beat the summer heat

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 00:56

As summer hits, polar bears at a South Korean zoo keep cool by eating frozen treats and swimming. Roselle Chen reports.

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As the summer heat settles in, polar bears at a South Korean zoo are keeping cool with frozen treats. This polar bear tucked into huge ice blocks filled with frozen chicken and fish on the inside. Watching animals eat the icy foods has become one of the Everland Amusement Park's most popular attractions. Zookeeper Lee Kwang-hee says that polar bears are used to living in cold climates, so swimming in cold water helps them bare the high temperatures. As for the iced food -- that's just an extra treat... SOUNDBITE: Lee Kwang-hee, zookeeper, saying (Korean): "Animals that live in cold regions such as the polar bear are sensitive to heat. We planned to give iced snacks to the animals so that they can stay cool this summer." Other animals at the zoo are getting their feet wet too ... Tigers and elephants also cooled off with showers and swims in the pool.

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Polar bears beat the summer heat

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 00:56