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How zoo animals keep their cool in the summer sun
Lauren Ogden applies the sun cream to an aardvark
It's Lauren Ogden's job to apply the factor 50

As we all enjoy the lovely summer sunshine, we must also remember to keep safe in the sun. Especially if you're an aardvark.

Blackpool Zoo's termite-munchers have very fine hair, so, like the rest of us, they show a lot of skin in the summer months

And it's Lauren Ogden's job to apply the factor 50.

"To be honest I have to apply it to myself as well," says the auburn haired keeper.

So how easy is it to apply the sun cream to an aardvark? "You've got to be quick with them, you're following them around with a bottle in your hand and running around after them trying to put it on."

The aardvarks are similar to anteaters and enjoy eating termites and ants with their long tongues.

They also enjoy a good dig: "They have an outside enclosure, and within 10 minutes they can dig a massive hole and we've got to go in and fill it back up again!" says Lauren.

But even though running round in the heat is hard work, she loves working with the animals: "They're very soft, very sweet," she says.

And does she have any other tips for keeping the animals cool?

"Yes, we give them ice lollies made from fruit and veg!"




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