When the mercury climbs the only remedy for a giant panda is one giant ice block.
Eight-year-old Wei Wei was able to cool down in the scorching weather at a zoo in China by giving the ice block a big bear hug on Wednesday.
And he didn’t venture far for snacks with carrots on ice a much cooler option than the usual bamboo shoots.
Pandas eat fast and usually spend 12 hours a day munching away but in the heat there was a much more pressing matter – to cool down.
The only movement worth making was to his paddling pool where Wei Wei splashed himself with water and licked his lips.
While his thick, coarse fur is handy in the cooler climates, when it comes to July – the hottest month in China – it can prove to be a boiling barrier.
There are only 1,000 giant pandas left in the wild and about 127 in captivity with many living in zoos like Wuhan Zoo and others in America, Mexico, Japan, Germany and North Korea.
Their biggest threat is the destruction of their habitat in southwestern China due to logging.