This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 04/08/2018.
It’s so hot giant ice cubes are being used to cool down the tigers at Chessington World of Adventures
The next four days are forecast to be absolutely blisteringly hot in Croydon.
As we continue to swelter in another heatwave, spare a thought for these tigers at Chessington World of Adventures.
They have come to the resort’s zoo from a cooler climate in Sweden so have been struggling to stay cool in the intense heat.
So the four new Amur tigers were given a frosty treat – in the shape of giant ice cubes.
The cubes were filled with fish and their favourite toys to encourage the tigers to break into them.
Zookeepers hope the ice cubes will help them acclimatise to the current heatwave.
They arrived at Chessington back in April.
In need of a good cool down, the tigers couldn’t get enough of the frozen treats, and have been licking and playing with the blocks of ice until they had melted entirely.
Oli Whiteway, senior carnivore keeper at Chessington World of Adventures Resort, said: “As the tigers have only ever experienced the cooler climates of Sweden, we sympathise with them during this heatwave!
“While they have plenty of cool indoor areas to rest in, we like to keep them stimulated and thought we would try something new.
“These ice blocks were filled with fish and some of their favourite toys, providing them with a new and cooling play time, which they clearly enjoyed!”
It’s set to be another exceptionally hot weekend, with unbroken sunshine during the day on both Saturday and Sunday.
Today in Croydon a top temperature of 29C is forecast while tomorrow it will be almost as hot with a temperature of 28C forecast.
It will be hotter still on Monday, at 30C and the heatwave continues on Tuesday, where the temperature will hit 29C.
Things will get a bit cooler after that but apart from a few showers on Thursday the next two weeks are currently forecast to be mainly dry, sunny and hot.