- Title: Pandas get cool treats to cope with heat at South Korea zoo
- Date: 12th July 2017
- Summary: YONGIN, SOUTH KOREA (JULY 12, 2017) (REUTERS) INTERIOR OF PANDA CAGE / PANDA RESTING INSIDE AS PEOPLE OBSERVE OUTSIDE GLASS WALL PANDA LYING ON STONE WATER FLOWING OUT FROM IN BETWEEN ARTIFICIAL ROCKS PANDA ROCKING HEAD WITH TONGUE STICKING OUT MOTHER AND BABY LOOKING AT PANDA AS BABY WAVES HAND PANDA WALKING AS MOTHERS AND BABIES WATCH FROM OUTSIDE VARIOUS OF PANDA SNIFFING AT WATERMELONS LAID OUT ON ICE PANDA PICKING UP PIECE OF WATERMELON WITH MOUTH AND SITTING ON SUNBED PANDA WALKING AWAY (SOUNDBITE) (Korean) ZOOKEEPER AT EVERLAND PANDA WORLD, KANG CHER-WON, SAYING: "The panda is one of the animals that dislikes summer so we are trying to help them overcome the heat using objects that could cool them down such as bamboo and ice flakes. They like playing with ice blocks and taking a rest on a sunbed or a tent, so I think they can get through the summer very well." PANDA MOVING INSIDE CAGE TEXT ON GLASS READING (English): "COOL PANDA!" VARIOUS OF PANDA EATING ICE FLAKES, FRUITS AND BAMBOO LEAVES VARIOUS OF WOMAN TAKING VIDEO OF PANDA PANDA EATING ICE FLAKES PANDA WALKING AROUND CAKE-SHAPED BAMBOO STACK WITH WOODEN BLOCK RESEMBLING NUMBER "4" ON TOP WOODEN STICKS RESEMBLING FOUR CANDLES MOTHER AND BABY OBSERVING OUTSIDE GLASS WALL VARIOUS OF PANDA EATING BAMBOO SIGNBOARD READING (English): "WELCOME TO PANDA WORLD / GIANT PANDA DISCOVERY" EXTERIOR OF PANDA WORLD
- Embargoed: 26th July 2017 09:20
- Keywords: South Korea giant panda summer heat ice flakes
- Location: YONGIN, SOUTH KOREA
- City: YONGIN, SOUTH KOREA
- Country: South Korea
- Topics: Environment,Nature/Wildlife,Human Interest / Brights / Odd News
- Reuters ID: LVA0016PEVJVD
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Two giant pandas at South Korea's Everland Amusement Park received a frozen surprise on Wednesday (July 12) as the country sweltered under the summer heat and high humidity.
Zoo keepers prepared ice flakes and fresh fruits to help Ai Bao and Le Bao cool off. A birthday cake made with bamboo was also presented for female panda Ai Bao a day before her fourth birthday.
Temperatures climbed to 31 degrees Celsius at the Park in Yongin, south of Seoul and the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) issued heat wave alerts for most of the country on Wednesday.
The pandas arrived in South Korea last year from Sichuan Province in China on a 15-year loan, as agreed by the two countries during a summit in 2014. China has been sending their black and white ambassadors abroad in a sign of goodwill since the 1950s as part of what is known as 'panda diplomacy'.
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