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Hot weather brings cool treats for Fort Wayne Children's Zoo animals

A Prevost's squirrel works on eating an iced food treat during Ice Day at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. Some zoo animals received iced food treats Thursday as an enrichment activity during the hot weather. (Courtesy of the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo)
A Prevost's squirrel works on eating an iced food treat during Ice Day at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. Some zoo animals received iced food treats Thursday as an enrichment activity during the hot weather. (Courtesy of the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo)
Two young children watch as a Tasmanian devil works on getting a food treat that was frozen in ice for Ice Day at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. The ice contained some beef meat and had a beef bone frozen in the center. (Courtesy of the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo)
Two young children watch as a Tasmanian devil works on getting a food treat that was frozen in ice for Ice Day at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo. The ice contained some beef meat and had a beef bone frozen in the center. (Courtesy of the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo)
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Thursday, July 06, 2017 05:57 pm

With summer in full swing and temperatures reaching the low 80s on Thursday, Fort Wayne Children's Zoo visitors weren't the only ones who had a chance to enjoy some cool treats.

For Ice Day, zookeepers provided some animals with food treats frozen in ice. Zoo visitors also learned more about how various animals deal with hot weather and why it is important to enrich zoo animals' lives by giving them treats and items to explore or to play with in their exhibits.

The zoo, 3411 Sherman Blvd. in Franke Park, is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through the summer, with the last admissions at 7 p.m. For more information, call 427-6800 or go to www.kidszoo.org.

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