July 25, 2019 4.27 pm This story is over 57 months old

Rac-cooling off: Paws to look at these cute animals enjoying the sun

Including a Raccoon Dog in a paddling pool

The weather is proving too hot to handle for many, but some animals in the county found time to pose for the camera while keeping cool.

Temperatures have been soaring over the last few days with Thursday, July 25 believed to be the hottest day of the year so far, possibly ever, in the UK.

Raccoon Dog Ralph didn’t let it stop him chilling out in the paddling pool at Riseholme College.

Ralph the Raccoon Dog. Photo: Riseholme College

Relaxing in the paddling pool. Photo: Riseholme College

Meerkats were captured on video loving a lollipop on the hottest day of the year at Woodside Wildlife Park in Newball near Langworth.


One of the cheeky meerkats was also pictured enjoying a frozen treat this week.

A meerkat enjoying a frozen treat. Photo: Woodside Wildlife Park

African civets Oreo and Cookie were showing off their cute stripey bellies at Ark Wildlife Park & Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Boston.

Just chilling. Photo: Ark Wildlife Park & Exotic Animal Sanctuary

Temperatures spiked to 45 degrees celsius in the garden of a Lincolnshire man chilling in his hot tub with ice cold beers.

Dave Newman and his German Shepherd Roxy.

Elsewhere, at Messingham Zoo a nice wallow was made for the pigs to cool down in the hot weather.

Just made a nice wallow for a pigs so they can cool down, they're loving it! Dont forget if you've got animals at home make sure they've for plenty of water 🙂

Posted by Messingham Zoo on Thursday, 25 July 2019

An emergency fan is keeping the animals cool at JandJ Alpacas, which is just a 35 minute drive from Lincoln.

The alpacas are keeping cool. Photo: JandJ Alpacas

The alpaca centre said “Camielle couldn’t hold on any longer so all alpacas are in the shed and the emergency fan is keeping them cool. Baby on the way.”

Although some animals may enjoying chilling in the sun, it is also important to keep animals safe as the temperatures continue to rise. Blue Cross put together this guide for keeping your pets safe in the sun.