Polar bears in Finland frolic in donated load of snow

Heat is enveloping Finland's northern Lapland, so a local ski club donated snow to polar bear mom Venus and her eight-month-old cub.

Polar bear mom Venus and 8-month-old cub suffering in unusual summer heat

Polar bear Venus, right, and her 8-month-old cub at the Ranua Zoo enjoying the snow in the polar bear's enclosure in Ranua, Finnish Lapland. (Marko Junttila/Ranua Zoo via AP)

Polar bear mom Venus has gotten a summer treat — a chance to frolic in the snow with her eight-month-old cub despite
the heat enveloping Finland's northern Lapland.

A pile of snow has been dumped onto their home at Ranua Wildlife Park, 760 kilometres north of Helsinki.

It was donated by the Ruka ski centre to help cool down the polar bears, who were suffering in unusual temperatures of 24 C. The weather is supposed to cool down by the weekend.

The snow was donated to the Ranua Wildlife Park by the Ruka ski center. (Marko Junttila/Ranua Zoo via AP)

Venus's cub, who has not been named yet, took his fledgling steps out of hibernation in March when he jumped out into the fresh Arctic snow.

On Wednesday he enjoyed the new snow.

Ranua is home to 200 animals, including 50 other Arctic species such as arctic foxes, geese, cranes, minks, buzzards, owls, otters, reindeer and wolverine.