Award-winning Oxfordshire photographer and Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society Philip Joyce captured these stunning images of various animals at Cotswold Wildlife Park being treated to cooling enrichments in the heatwave.
They feature the Park’s oldest resident, George the Giant Tortoise (86-years old), enjoying a shower from Reptile keeper Meg & Tamanduas (also known as Lesser Anteaters) sticking their long noses into watermelons.
Meanwhile, in Lemur exhibit ‘Madagascar’, a Red Bellied Lemur youngster named Matiz adored the frozen rainbow smoothies so much, he wouldn’t let his mum Maren anywhere near the ice enrichment.
The most surprising reaction came from the breeding Emu pair, Monty and Margo when Bird keeper Issy turned on the sprinkler. Monty immediately ran straight over and bathed under the fine spray, even laying down and rolling around on the ground, much to the amusement of visitors curiously watching him enjoy the sprinkler. Whenever Issy moved the position of the spray, Monty followed her.