Christmas comes early for zoo polar bears with snow in July

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A polar bear cub swims next to its mother Uslada as she shakes off water in the pool at the Leningrad Zoo in St. Petersburg, April 24, 2014.

A polar bear cub swims next to its mother Uslada as she shakes off water in the pool at the Leningrad Zoo in St. Petersburg, April 24, 2014.

RANUA, Finland - A group of polar bears in a zoo in Lapland in northern Finland got an early wintry treat in the summer heat when truckloads of snow were delivered to the Ranua wildlife park on Wednesday.

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The delivery came from a nearby ski centre that had been holding the snow from the previous winter in order to use it for the start of the ski season in October.

Now the polar bears, one of which was born at the wildlife park late last year, can have a brief reminder of their natural habitat.

With July temperatures reaching 25 degrees, however, the early treat may not last long.