Sunscreen for animals

Zoo keepers in Blackpool are applying sunscreen to animals to protect them during the hot weather.

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Zoo keepers apply sunscreen to animals

Blackpool Zoo staff are applying sunscreen to aardvarks Credit: Blackpool Zoo

Zoo keepers in Blackpool are covering animals in sunscreen to keep them safe during the hot weather.

The Zoo's aardvarks need protection from the sun, because they have sensitive skin. Aardvarks are nocturnal in the wild in Africa, so they avoid daylight.

In captivity, they are active during the day so they need screening from UV rays.

Trainee keeper Jake Matthews says: “They are such gentle creatures and once I catch up with them they are more than happy to have the cream massaged into their skin, especially their ears!"

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