"Jumbo," a fourteen-year-old hippopotamus, opens wide as a French fireman directs a spray of water to help it cool off from unusually high summer temperatures.
Part of a travelling circus, the 2.5 ton animal was in Bailleul when he received the attention of the fireman to prevents dehydration.
Many parts of France continue to endure a five-day heat wave with temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit).
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