Zoo Animals Cool Off With Popsicles During Italy's Heat Wave

Playing Zoo Animals Chill Out With Frozen Treats in Italy's Heat Wave

It has gotten so hot in Italy, even the animals can’t take it. 

The country is in the midst of an early summer of a heat wave, with temperatures soaring as high as 104 degrees. Zookeepers decided to give their furry friends a break with some frozen treats. The animals munched on apples, pears, oranges, carrots and kiwis suspended in ice blocks. 

Italy’s Ministry of Health says the heat is so oppressive, it has triggered a Level 3 alert — signaling the country’s highest hot weather emergency. 

The effects could possibly be dangerous for everyone, not just the sick, elderly, and children.

According to the New York Post, Italian authorities instructed people to stay inside during the hottest hours of the day, and to stay away from areas with a lot of vehicle traffic to prevent ozone exposure.

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