In Pictures: How does a squirrel monkey cool down in a heatwave?

Keepers at ZSL London Zoo have come up with some fun ways to help their animals cope with the soaring temperatures.

With temperatures soaring in the capital, ZSL London Zoo’s animals have been cooling off with icy treats made of frozen fruit tea and nuts.

The troop of Bolivian black-capped squirrel monkeys enjoyed mini frozen fruit-tea lollies hung up high in the foliage of their enclosure.

Squirrel monkey
These are not your every day ice lollies (Victoria Jones/PA)
Two squirrel monkeys
The specially made icy treats also provided a game for the monkey house inhabitants (Victoria Jones/PA)
Squirrel monkeys
Soon the whole troop was in on the act (Victoria Jones/PA)
Squirrel monkeys cool off at ZSL London Zoo
But working up a sweat isn’t too much bother when you’ve got a nice treat to reward your efforts (Victoria Jones/PA)
Gorillas at London Zoo
The zoo’s critically endangered western lowland gorillas didn’t miss out (Victoria Jones/PA)
Gorillas at London Zoo
Kumbuka, Effie, Zaire and youngsters Alika and Gernot all enjoyed cooling treats (Victoria Jones/PA)
Gorillas at London Zoo
The gorillas feasted on frozen iced tea cakes with walnuts (Victoria Jones/PA)
Gorillas at London Zoo
And proved it wasn’t too hot for an extended play time (Victoria Jones/PA)

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