It’s getting hot in here. Animals at Whipsnade Zoo do their best to keep cool as the mercury rises ahead of what is promised to be a scorcher of a weekend

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Things are hotting up and it’s not just us that will be feeling the heat this weekend.

The animals at Whipsnade Zoo are also baking under the sun’s rays as it seems that summer has finally arrived.

A hot bear at Whipsnade Zoo.

A hot bear at Whipsnade Zoo.

And as the mercury rises the resident bears and penguins are taking a quick dip to cool off, while the elephants shower themselves in sand, which keeps them cool and acts as a sunscreen.

>If you’re going to be out and about enjoying the sun this weekend be sure to send your summer snaps to thegazette@jpress.co.uk