- Title: GERMANY: ELEPHANTS AT BERLIN ZOO BATHE IN HEATWAVE.
- Date: 12th August 2004
- Summary: (L!1) BERLIN, GERMANY (AUGUST 12, 2004) (REUTERS) ELEPHANTS IN ENCLOSURE APPROACHING POOL AS APPLES ARE THROWN TO THEM YOUNG ELEPHANT GOING FOR A SWIM IN POOL YOUNG ELEPHANT EATING APPLES IN WATER ZOO VISITORS WATCHING ELEPHANTS IN POOL ZOOKEEPER THROWING MORE APPLES INTO POOL WIDE OF VISITORS WATCHING, ZOOM IN ON ELEPHANTS IN WATER ELEPHANTS IN WATER SOUNDBITE (German) JOACHIM KORMANN, BERLIN ZOO SAYING: "The important thing is that the elephants' skin is totally submerged in water. If you then add sand or mud you get a great protection against the sun -- and it's free too. I would guess it's a protection factor of 30, at least." POLAR BEARS IN WATER ANOTHER POLAR BEAR NEAR POOL POLAR BEAR EATING WATER MELON IN POOL, HOLDING IT BETWEEN PAWS ANOTHER POLAR BEAR EATING WATER MELON ON SIDE OF POOL CLOSE-UP OF POLAR BEAR IN POOL EATING WATER MELON
- Embargoed: 27th August 2004 13:00
- Location: BERLIN, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Environment,Quirky
- Reuters ID: LVA5KLTPI0GOAN05GZUYVVTNHP9C
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- Story Text: It's hot hot hot. With temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius (86 F), elephants at Berlin zoo have been given time off for a visit to the pool.
Elephant mothers and their young offsprings did some turns at Berlin zoo's elephant pool on Thursday (August 12) as temperatures reached 31 degrees Celsius (88 F) in the German capital.
A diet of apples, thrown into the pool by a zookeeper who appeared to envy his protgs, added to the elephants' pleasure.
Joachim Kormann, spokesman for Berlin zoo, had good news for visitors who worried about elephants getting sun burnt: "The important thing is that the elephants' skin is totally submerged in water", Kormann said.
"If you then add sand or mud you get a great protection against the sun -- and it's free too. I would guess it's a protection factor of 30, at least."
Nearby, polar bears too went for a swim and enjoyed a mouthful of refreshing, cool water melon.
Hot temperatures do have their advantages.
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