Heatwave: Animals across UK keep cool in the sunshine

Last updated at 06:20
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England experienced the hottest day of the year on Wednesday, and it's not just people who are trying to keep cool.

The Met Office said a temperature of 36.7 degrees Celsius had been recorded at Heathrow Airport - the hottest UK temperature since 2006 and the hottest July day ever on record.

This made it a busy day for zoo keepers, who helped their animals to cope with the heat.

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Asian elephants at Chester Zoo found a fun way to cool-off with this pool party (Courtesy of Chester Zoo)
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Meanwhile, this keeper gave reindeer in County Durham a cooling hose-down
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And one-horned rhinos took a dip in Chester (Courtesy of Chester Zoo)
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A Giraffe at Chessington World of Adventures Resort cooled down with his own fruity ice lolly (courtesy of Chessington World of Adventures Resort)
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Harley the sea lion has a different technique - he rolls in sand to protect his skin from the sun's rays (Courtesy of Chessington World of Adventures Resort)
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And Chimps enjoyed ice-lollies as well, at Chester Zoo.
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Whilst Dakota, the Racoon, chilled out in his own paddling pool (Courtesy of Chessington World of Adventures Resort)