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Zookeepers working to keep animals cool during heatwave
The zoo's Sumatran tigers have been cooling down in their pool.

Animals given frozen food and hose pipe showers at London Zoo.

As temperatures rise in the UK this week, keepers at London Zoo have been making sure that the animals in their care are kept cool.

Many of the animals are provided with pools which they can swim in to cool down on hot days. They also have access to sheltered spots in their outdoor enclosures so that they can choose to spend time in the shade when they need to.

Staff at the zoo have been giving animals ice lollies and other frozen food tailored to their nutritional needs, as well as using hose pipe showers to help animals feel comfortable during the late summer heatwave.

The zoo’s Sumatran tiger cubs Zac and Crispin have been among the animals making the most of the water in their enclosures to stay cool. The pair have been seen splashing and swimming around in their pool.

The species, which has webbed paws to help it swim, is the rarest subspecies of tiger in the world, with an estimated 300 left in the wild.

Kate Sanders, a keeper at the zoo, said: “Many of the animals have private pools like Zac and Crispin, and enjoy taking an invigorating dip when the weather heats up. Our colony of 72 Humboldt penguins have over 13,000 sq. ft of crystal-clear water in the UK’s largest penguin pool while pygmy hippos, Thug and Amara, can swap their hippo hot tub for their fresh-water moat on warm days like today.

“When we saw this week’s weather forecast, we also wasted no time making healthy ice lollies as late summer treats for the animals - all zoo nutritionist-approved. Our troop of critically endangered Western lowland gorillas go wild for frozen sugar-free fruit tea, the squirrel monkeys love to excavate nuts and veggies from blocks of ice, while the Humboldt penguins are particularly keen on frozen sprats.”


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VMG president joins House of Lords

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 Miles Russell, president of the Veterinary Management Group (VMG), has been elected to the House of Lords as a crossbench hereditary peer.

He will join Lord Trees as a representative of the veterinary sector in the second chamber of the UK parliament.

Lord Russell said: "Those of us working in the animal health and veterinary sectors are only too aware of the importance of the work we do and the challenges we face.

"I will use my platform in the House of Lords to increase understanding of our sectors and to promote positive change." 

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In response, the Animal and Plant Health Agency has extended the TCZ. Investigations into the spread of the disease are ongoing.

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Bluetongue is a notifiable disease and suspected cases must be reported immediately on 03000 200 301 in England or 03003 038 268 in Wales. In Scotland, possible cases should be reported to the local field services office.