Berlin the polar bear at the Kansas City Zoo will have a ton of fun this hot July weekend.
The zoo will deliver 2,000 pounds of ice for the Arctic animal at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday as part of an effort to give both the bear and visitors some summer enjoyment.
“A number of the animals will be getting ice treats at various times throughout the day,” said marketing director Kim Romary. “Typically, they will be big chunks of ice with treats frozen inside for them.”
The deliveries will coincide with scheduled keeper chats, which are listed in the map provided to zoo visitors and are posted on signs throughout the animal park.
There will also be winter princess and snowman characters in costume near the penguin exhibit for photo opportunities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.
The river otters will receive a special ice sculpture to play with at 8 a.m. each day.
“If the rest of us feel a little cooler by watching the animals, then that’s all the better,” Romary said.