Text and photos by Linda Weiford, WSU News

PULLMAN, Wash. – Giant ice cubes and fruit-flavored ice pops helped grizzly bears beat the heat yesterday at Washington State University’s Bear Research Education and Conservation Center as the mercury topped 104 degrees.

Graduate students started making the frozen concoctions last week after learning that record-high temperatures were expected to hit the Pacific Northwest during the weekend. Adult grizzlies and cubs took plunges in a steel pool, straddled microwave-sized ice cubes and devoured mango-flavored ice pops filled with chunks of fish, watermelon and a spray of marshmallows.

Photo, center top, of graduate students with an ice pop: Monica Bando, left, Kim Rigano and Jamie Gehring. (Click on images to see them full size.)

 

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