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Jumbo ice lollies needed at zoo
Duchess the elephant
Duchess the elephant enjoys a well earned ice lolly
Paignton Zoo has been forced to take drastic action to keep some of the animals cool during the heatwave.

The soaring temperatures across the region have affected the animals as well as the public.

As a result it is not only the visitors who have been enjoying the ice lollies - a number of the animals have been given them as well.

Among the beneficiaries are the monkeys and the elephants who are being given frozen fruit juice.

Philip Knowling, from the zoo, said: "The elephants occasionally get a big block of frozen fruit juices and water in hot weather.

"Well, all the visitors to Paignton Zoo have ice lollies, so why not the elephants?"

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