20/06/2012 12:38 BST | Updated 20/06/2012 12:45 BST

Animals Cool Off In Hot Weather (PICTURES)


Four little hounds catch a ride in a baby stroller in Vienna, where the temperature hit 35 degrees Celsius on Wednesday

The British summer may be more up and down more than Octomom's knickers, but the intense sunny spells are almost making up for the rainy deluges.

The mercury hit a high of 25 degrees Celsius in London on Wednesday, sparking mass undress and bearing of pasty flesh. (It nudged 35 in Vienna, but there were no undignified shows of skin from our classier European neighbours.)

While we’re not cowering under brollies or giving each other death stares on damp, cramped tubes, the average Brit can be found lolling in a park, making short work of an ice lolly or frolicking in a fountain.

And it’s not just us humans employing these temperature-reducing tactics. Check out our gallery of animals cooling down in hot weather.