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Zoo animals keep cool with ice lollies and sun cream

A raccoon tucks into a giant ice lolly at Drusillas Park. Credit: Drusillas Park/PA Wire

Zoo keepers in East Sussex have stocked their freezers with giant ice lollies to keep their animals cool during the current heatwave.

Ulu the lar gibbon sits back and relaxes in the sun at the zoo in East Sussex. Credit: Drusillas Park/PA Wire

Raccoons, otters and many of the primates at Drusillas Park in Alfriston have been enjoying the lollies, which are made with frozen fruit, a zoo spokeswoman said.

The pigs are doused with high-factor sun cream to stop them burning. Credit: Drusillas Park/PA Wire

Kune Kune pigs Rusty, Porker and Peppa have also been receiving some extra pampering from staff, who apply high-factor suncream to their skin to ensure they do not burn.