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It was hot at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., this weekend. Really hot. The iPhone weather app displayed a sweltering 100 degrees.

“It feels like a million degrees,” says Tammy Long, who was visiting from Pennsylvania with her husband and 2-year-old daughter. “It’s sweltering out here.”

Families camp out in the shade, many with ice cream in their hands. Craig Saffoe says this works for the lions and tigers, too.

“We would eat an ice cream cone to try to cool our body down,” says Saffoe. “We give these guys a big cat version of an ice cream cone. It’s literally a block of blood, frozen, and they’ll munch that down.”

How Does A Tiger Keep Cool In This Heat? One Word: Bloodsicles

Photos: Courtesy of Smithsonian’s National Zoo