We can all get a little hot and bothered in high temperatures whether you’re a human being, a chimp or a baby elephant.
That’s why keepers at Chester Zoo have helped to keep their animals cool in the sun by hosing them down and handing out ice lollies.
The Asian elephants have a refreshing waterfall – like a giant shower – and a pool in which they can bathe to escape the heat.
And they love nothing more than to be hosed down by their keepers, it’s a real treat for them and for the people watching.
Baby Nandita just couldn’t get enough of a cold dousing earlier today, on one of the hottest days of the year, and loved rolling around in the mud at the same time.
And those magical moments were also captured by a TV crew filming a second series of Channel 4’s The Secret Life of the Zoo set inside Chester Zoo.
Dr Nick Davis, assistant curator of mammals at the zoo, said: “As temperatures soar, many of our animals find their own ways of keeping cool in the sunshine. The likes of our greater one-horned rhinos, black rhinos and capybaras will cool off by submerging themselves in their mud wallows, while big cats such as Sumatran tigers and jaguars might beat the heat by taking a dip in their pools.
“Sometimes our keepers may deliver special fruit and vegetable ice lollies to our chimps, bears and red pandas, with animals including Asian elephants treated to refreshing showers.”