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Otter family go wild for new water slide

A family of otters at Newquay Zoo in Cornwall certainly have something to keep them busy this Bank Holiday - after a water slide was placed in their pool.

The new addition is part of an enrichment programme, and is meant to keep the otters entertained and stimulated. Other new methods in the zoo include a bubble machine for the penguins and a blood ice lolly for a male lion.

A icy treat for Gloucestershire's otters

Otters are keeping their cool at The Wildfowl and Wetland Trust at Slimbridge with the help of some special fish lollies.

Keeper John Crooks has been busy making the lollies by putting ingredients such as smelt, trout, minced beef and sardines in moulds to create the chilled treats.

John the keeper gives his otters fishy ice lollies at Slimbridge Credit: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT)

“It isn’t just our visitors enjoying ice lollies in this hot weather our otters love them too!

“They enjoy playing outdoors in all weathers so this is a way of keeping them cool with the added bonus that the texture of the ice gives their teeth a bit of a clean too.”

– WWT Otter Keeper, John Crooks
The lollies are made of fish and put in moulds to create the chilled treats. Credit: The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT)

WWT Slimbridge has three North American River Otters called Flo, Minnie and Ha ha.