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Animals cool off with ice lollies at Rome zoo

Zookeepers at a Rome zoo have taken a unique approach to ensure the animals keep cool during the latest heatwave: give them ice lollies.

Animals cool off with ice lollies at Rome zoo
Orangutans Petronilla and Zoe cool off in the shade with an iced lolly. Photo Bioparco di Roma

With temperatures soaring due to an African anticyclone, the frozen treats are being handed out to some of the animals at Rome's biopark zoo.

Federico Coccia, the president of the biopark explained whats's behind the strange decision.

“Zookeepers are giving the animals frozen snacks made from fresh fruit and vegetables, depending on the animals daily diet,” he said.

“More than simply cooling the animals down and keeping them active – the snacks enrich the animals environment and allow them to hone their food finding skills.”

But the flavours aren't like anything you might expect to find at your local ice cream parlour. The coatis were given a lolly ice made from a delicious mix of frozen pineapple, banana, honey and dates. This was then 'seasoned' with an egg and some larvae. Yummy.

But did the animals enjoy their new snacks?  

See for yourselfRome zoo animals cooling off with ice-lollies

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Body of missing American tourist found in Rome’s River Tiber

The body of a missing 21-year-old tourist was found in the River Tiber on Thursday morning, according to media reports.

Body of missing American tourist found in Rome's River Tiber

Elijah Oliphant, from Dallas, Texas, was on holiday with his family in Rome when he went missing several days ago.

Oliphant’s parents reported his disappearance after he left his hotel room shortly after midnight on May 24th and did not return.

Hotel security footage showed him leaving the premises wearing a white undershirt and pyjama bottoms, which he was wearing when he was found.

Oliphant’s corpse was reportedly spotted by passersby near the Ponte Sisto bridge in Rome’s Trastevere district around 10am on Thursday morning. His body was positively identified by his parents.

Members of the fire brigade and river police who recovered the body say there were no obvious signs of violence, but an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. Trastevere police are reportedly investigating the matter.

The Oliphant family had arrived in Rome for a holiday on May 23rd. When Elijah went missing the following day, his parents launched an urgent appeal to help find their son.

His disappearance was featured on the missing persons television show, Chi l’ha visto (‘Who’s seen them?’) on May 25th.

Several foreigners have been found drowned in the Tiber in recent years, though there are no indication that any of the incidents are linked.

In 2016, the body of 19-year-old American student Beau Solomon was recovered from the river.

Rough sleeper Massimo Galioto was charged involuntary manslaughter in the case, but was ultimately acquitted in 2020.

Prosecutors said that Galioto pushed Solomon in the course of a violent argument. Galioto’s defense team acknowledged that the two had argued but said the student had accidentally slipped.

In May 2019, 37-year-old Imen Chatbouri, a former athletics champion from Tunisia, was found dead in the Tiber after a night out. CCTV footage later showed she had been pushed from the Ponte Sisto bridge.

A then-26-year-old man whose advances she had rejected earlier that evening was convicted of her murder in November 2021.

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