Summer Heat Wave: Animals Cool Off With 'Ice Lollies' as Temperatures Push 120F

Tiger ice
Summer Heat Wave: Animals Cool Off With 'Ice Lollies' as Temperatures Push 120F REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

Areas of southwest United States faced strain as temperatures reached 120F (48℃) in some desert cities yesterday. In Phoenix, American Airlines cancelled flights as they couldn't take off in such high temperatures. The city experienced the hottest temperatures in two decades, and flight cancellations are expected to continue while the temperature soars

Authorities in Nevada and Arizona have issued heat warnings that run till Friday, with the heat wave expected to last till the weekend.

In western Europe, temperatures were almost as high, reaching nearly 100F (38℃) in Paris and London. The unusually hot weather meant parts of Europe were hotter than Mexico and Panama City.

U.K. forecasters predicted that the weather would break a 40-year-old record for the hottest day, and could be the hottest ever temperature for June 21.

Brits joked about the heat wave, posting on social media about the surprise temperatures. Many compared the weather to that of Mordor, the fiery volcanic land from the Lord of the Rings book and movie series. London earned the title of "sweatiest place in the U.K." due to its sweltering 154-year-old subway system and high, densely packed population.

Humans aren't the only ones overheating. Animals in zoos and on leashes across the world are feeling the heat too—and many are cooling off with icy treats, just like their human equivalents. In South Korea, London and Colombia, several different species in zoos have been pictured licking big blocks of ice. Elsewhere, zoos and parks provide frozen fruits and air-conditioner to keep the animals cool throughout the summer.

Tiger ice
A tiger licks a block of ice filled with chicken on a hot day at an amusement park in Yongin, South Korea, June 21, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji
Another monkey eats ice
A squirrel monkey eats berries frozen in a block of ice at London Zoo in London, Britain August 16, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall
Lion eats ice
A lion enjoys a meat ice cream on a day called "Wild Freshness" at the zoo in Medellin, Colombia, February 26, 2017. REUTERS/Fredy Builes
Bear eats ice
A Malayan sun bear licks a block of ice during a hot day at Dusit zoo in Bangkok, Thailand, March 30, 2017. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom
Dog eating ice cream
A dog eats an ice lolly given by its owner at an ice-cream shop where ice cream is designed especially for canines in Mexico City, Mexico April 9, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso
Dog and ice cream
A dog looks at an ice cream at an ice-cream shop where ice cream is designed especially for canines in Mexico City, Mexico April 9, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso