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Monkey treated for heatstroke as zoo battles high temperatures

Humans aren’t the only ones suffering with the city’s high temperatures and humidity – despite the efforts of zookeepers, a golden monkey at the Shanghai Zoo has been undergoing treatment for symptoms of heatstroke, officials said today.

Many animals at the zoo have had a decreased appetite due to the high temperatures, the zoo said.

Zookeepers are offering cool drinks, air conditioning, ice cubes and mist sprayers to animals to protect them from the beastly heat.

Air conditioning has been turned on at the gorilla and giant panda pavilions, and elephants and giraffes are being sprayed with water droplets and mist to help hem cool down.

Hippos are being fed watermelons and their water has been changed more frequently.

Some animals are particularly vulnerable to heat. Giant pandas live in nature in the cool forests of Sichuan Province, and could not withstand temperatures of 40 degrees Celsius without relief, so air conditioning is necessary, the zoo said.


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