Inca keeps her cool

When keepers went to top up Inca’s pool with water they certainly didn’t expect her reaction . . .

As the temperature continued to soar during the day, keeper Adam Walker sprayed a hose pipe from the top of the enclosure and began filling her pool with cold water.

But the elderly Asiatic black bear, who was sunbathing nearby, had other ideas and got up and ambled into the cool spray. 

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Senior Keeper, Adam Walker, said: “We couldn’t believe it. She absolutely loved it and went and sat in the pool for ages as we sprayed her from above. She then began splashing in it and covering herself with the water.

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“She’s a very old girl now and does sleep a lot these days, but she certainly had enough energy to bound into the water. It was brilliant to watch.”

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 Senior Keeper, Adam Walker cools down Inca in the heat.