Zoo’s fruit and nut ice mix helps chimpanzees chill out

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Edinburgh Zoo’s chimpanzees had a special reason to enjoy this week’s heatwave, after their keepers prepared some special frozen treats for them.

The enriched lollies included fruit juice, chopped fruit, honey and peanuts.

Dee Masters, team leader of the Budongo Trail and Living Links, said: “We’ll be giving them blackcurrant juice with pieces of banana frozen inside and frozen mashed banana with wheat.

“It’s a big treat for our chimpanzees, so we are expecting lots of excited ‘pant hot’ calls, which is how our chimps communicate that there is something good to eat.”