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Photo Gallery: Red Deer go for a swim at Snettisham Park

PUBLISHED: 08:56 20 May 2014

Red Deer cooling off in the water at Snettisham Park. Picture: Ian Burt

Red Deer cooling off in the water at Snettisham Park. Picture: Ian Burt

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Two stags and a herd of hinds went for a dip to cool down in the lake at Snettisham Park as temperatures soared.

Manager Trevor Walters said that the red deer have frequently taken to the water over the past few days.

“The deer go to water on a hot day just like when we go to the beach when were hot,” he said.

“Their coats are designed to keep them warm so they hold the heat in. The water is essential for them to cool down, especially when so heavily pregnant.”

Fawns are usually born around Whitsun to mid June. Things may have cooled down slightly by then.

While the last few days have been the warmest of the year so far, it isn’t going to last.

Forecasters say things are going to get more unsettled from today, with showers and heavy rain, along with thunder storms.

The outlook’s looking a little brighter for next week - when East Anglia is currently tipped to be the warmest part of the UK.

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