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Polar bears, other animals, feast on icy treats at Hokkaido zoo

Yume the baby polar bear plays with ice at Asahiyama Zoo in the city of Asahikawa, Hokkaido, on Aug. 5, 2022. (Mainichi/Nobuaki Tsuchiya)=Click/tap photo for more images.

ASAHIKAWA, Hokkaido -- Polar bears and other animals at a zoo in this northern Japan city recently received a summer treat in the form of watermelons, apples and other fruits frozen in blocks of ice.

    A logistics company in the city of Asahikawa, Hokkaido, sent the ice to Asahiyama Zoo, and a total of 24 blocks, each 50 centimeters wide, 55 cm long and 28 cm thick, were given to animals including polar bears, red pandas and Japanese macaques on Aug. 5.

    The icy treats were a first for Yume, a polar bear cub born last December, and the cub could be seen playing with the ice, while Yume's mother Pirika was seen struggling to get the fruit inside.

    The Asahikawa region basked in sunny weather on Aug. 5, with a temperature of 25.6 degrees Celsius recorded at noon.

    (Japanese original by Nobuaki Tsuchiya, Asahikawa Bureau)

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