Sugar-free ice lollies and frozen nuts for London Zoo animals in heatwave

LONDON, June 27 (Reuters) - As Britain basks in a heatwave, animals at London Zoo were treated on Wednesday to sugar-free ice lollies in a bid to help them keep cool.

With temperatures hitting 86 degrees Fahrenheit, squirrel monkeys and gorillas, including the zoo's silverback 'Kambuka', munched on frozen mixtures including chickpeas, sunflower seeds, walnuts and sugar-free fruit cordial.

"As the weather starts getting hotter a lot of our animals struggle to maintain their body temperature," zoo keeper Jacob Winfield told Reuters on Wednesday.

"Animals like our gorillas need to stay fairly cool in the summer so we like to give them ice lollies," he said.

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Animals at zoos in London stay cool during heatwave
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Animals at zoos in London stay cool during heatwave
A squirrel monkey cools off at ZSL London Zoo as as the summer heatwave continues. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
A young gorilla cools off at ZSL London Zoo as as the summer heatwave continues. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
Thi the elephant is sprayed with water as he cools down in the hot weather at Chester Zoo. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
A young gorilla cools off at ZSL London Zoo as as the summer heatwave continues. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
A squirrel monkey cools off at ZSL London Zoo as as the summer heatwave continues. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
Elephants Aayu, Indali and Sundara use the pool to cool down at Chester Zoo. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Squirrel monkeys cool off at ZSL London Zoo as as the summer heatwave continues. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
A gorilla cools off at ZSL London Zoo as as the summer heatwave continues. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
Two squirrel monkeys cool off at ZSL London Zoo as as the summer heatwave continues. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
A young gorilla cools off at ZSL London Zoo as as the summer heatwave continues. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
A squirrel monkey cools off at ZSL London Zoo as as the summer heatwave continues. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
Elephants Aayu, Indali and Sundara use the pool to cool down at Chester Zoo. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
A gorilla cools off at ZSL London Zoo as as the summer heatwave continues. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
Elephants Aayu, Indali and Sundara use the pool to cool down at Chester Zoo. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Elephants Aayu, Indali and Sundara use the pool to cool down at Chester Zoo. (Photo by Peter Byrne/PA Images via Getty Images)
Squirrel monkeys cool off at ZSL London Zoo as as the summer heatwave continues. (Photo by Victoria Jones/PA Images via Getty Images)
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