Hot Weather: Animals Find Ways To Stay Cool (Photos)

The Huffington Post Canada   First Posted: 07/21/11 03:10 PM ET   Updated: 09/20/11 06:12 AM ET

We're not the only ones sweltering under the "heat dome." Animals, particularly those from cooler climates aren't handling the heat too well either.

Zookeepers around North American have had to get creative to keep their animals cool, giving them blocks of ice, hosing them down and more. Even animals used to warmer climates have needed a bit of extra attention.

Finally, it's important not to forget your pets. Dogs should never, ever be left in a hot car and be sure that your pets are getting plenty of hydration. They feel the heat too.

Check out our gallery of animals coping with the heat below:

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A dog lays on a sprinkler at a dog park on the Upper East Side of New York City on July 21, 2011 as people and animals try different ways to beat the hot weather. Heat indexes are expected to reach near 105F degrees (40.5C) .
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