Monday, July 25, 2011
Adorable animals find creative ways to beat the heat

Outrageously high temperatures have been baking most of the United States and parts of Canada over the past several weeks, with the mercury rising into the triple digits for some states.


We've asked iReporters to show us how they’re beating the heat this summer, but humans aren’t the only ones looking for relief from these scorching temps. Over the past week, iReporters have shared how pets and wild animals are finding creative ways to cope with the heat.


Cheryl Devlin sent in this photo of two adorable golden retrievers beating the heat at a dog park in Coral Springs, Florida, yesterday.



Devlin hits up the dog park early in the morning with her pup and says the pools, like the one pictured, are always occupied.


“You could wait the whole day out for a spot,” Devlin said. “They are not my pool hogs, but at least they share.”


Kevin Cavallin captured this Cooper’s hawk trying to cool off near his family’s pool in Des Moines, Iowa, yesterday afternoon.



This was the first hawk Cavallin had seen near the pool, but he said his family keeps a kickboard in the water so animals that fall in can swim safely to the flotation device.


“The kickboard gives them a stable platform to jump from or stand on, so as to keep them alive long enough for one of us to scoop them out with the leaf net,” Cavallin said. “It seems to work. I've seen one of the pool side chipmunks fall in, swim over to the kick board, and then hop right out of the pool and dry off.”


And last week, we go this video from Ontario, Canada, of King Joseph, a 24-year-old horse, cooling off in the lawn sprinkler.



“This is very unusual, and he is our only horse who stands in the sprinkler,” horse owner Kim Miller said. We put it out in the paddock to see what the horses would do and Joe stood right in the center of it.'


If you think these animals are cute, snap a photo or shot a video showing us how you, your pets and other neighborhood animals are beating the heat and upload it to iReport. Remember to stay cool and drink lots of water because it’s hot out there!

July 26, 2011
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July 26, 2011

We are so far outside the animal kingdom so we can maintain the thinnest veil of civilization a dog playing with its own hit has more grace.

July 26, 2011
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Yeah... The hawk only has two legs.

July 26, 2011
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The poor hawk couldn't make it to the pool ohhh

July 26, 2011
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Adorable videos/pic.  The kickboard in the pool is a great idea - I know the animals appreciate it!

July 27, 2011
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adorable, i remember the cassowary under the shade and playing with the water.


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