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Last Updated: Wednesday July 05 2006 12:34 GMT

Sun cream for albino police horse

An albino police horse is getting through the heatwave with the help of thirty bottles of sun cream a day.

Blue - who is nicknamed Sunny - has a condition where he has no melanin in his skin, meaning he is very pale with little natural protection from the sun.

This means Sunny, who works for Humberside Police, burns easily in hot sunny weather!

So officers are making sure they rub sun cream into his skin so he's fully protected when he's on patrol in Hull.

Sunny's carers were so concerned about getting their hands on enough cream to cover him during the heatwave that they launched an internet appeal to ask for help.

Sunny the horse
A chemist stepped in to provide five gallons of factor 50 lotion to keep Sunny safe from the Hull sunshine.

The cream means Sunny can be out in the sun for 50 times as long as usual without burning.

Pig protection

Horses aren't the only animals turning to sunscreen during the current hot spell.

Pigs living on a farm in Hampshire are also being covered in the cream to stop them burning.

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