JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- For many of us who have lived here for years, we are used to the sweltering days, but for non-natives the hot weather can be tough. On top of that, just imagine being stuck wearing a fur jacket when the heat index hits 100.
At the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, staff work hard through the summer heat to make sure the animals are staying cool.
The warthogs take a good roll in the mud to cool down on a hot day. Not only does the cool mud help keep them from overheating, it also helps protect them from any sunburn.
"I think like us they just want to chill out and stay cool," says senior mammal keeper Melanie Young with a smile.