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Feeding Time At The Zoo: Ice Cream Edition

Feeding Time At The Zoo: Ice Cream Edition

It's hot in Colombia, and severe drought conditions are affecting most of the country.

Though forest fires have sadly killed thousands of wild animals, those at the zoo in the southern city of Cali are getting some pampering and a little help cooling off. Staff there have decided to mix the animals' food with ice, creating a sorbet-style recipe.

Apparently, the bears and the monkeys like the frozen treats most, notes El Espectador. For the birds, the staff have installed water mists and showers to help their feathered friends cope with the heat.

Zoo officials say the move in intended to prevent dehydration and to relieve some of the stress on the animals.

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File photo of a monkey eating ice-cream. It is unreported as to whether the animals in Cali were given their sorbets in cones or not Photo: Rod Waddington

Main photo: Maria Claudia

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It's A Golden Era For Russia-Turkey Relations — Just Look At The Numbers

On the diplomatic and political level, no world leader speaks more regularly with Vladimir Putin than his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. But the growing closeness of Russia and Turkey can also be measured in the economic data. And the 2022 numbers are stunning.

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Erdogan and Putin last summer in Sochi, Russia

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ISTANBUL — As Russia has become increasingly isolated since the invasion of Ukraine, the virtual pariah state has drawn notably closer to one of its remaining partners: Turkey.

Ankara has committed billions of dollars to buy the Russian S-400 surface-to-air missile system, and contracted to Russia to build Turkey's first nuclear power plant. The countries’ foreign policies are also becoming increasingly aligned.

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But the depth of this relationship goes much further. Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan speaks to Russian President Vladimir Putin more than any other leader: 16 times in 2022, and 11 times in 2021. Erdoğan has visited Russia 14 times since 2016, compared to his 10 visits to the U.S. in the same time period (half of which were in 2016 and 2017).

But no less important is the way the two countries are increasingly tied together by commerce.

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