Animals brave snow and freezing temperatures

A pallas cat Image copyright Big Cat Sanctuary
Image caption A pallas cat at the Big Cat Sanctuary at Ashford in Kent

As England is gripped by a freezing spell dubbed the Beast from the East, creatures great and small are braving the snow blizzards and biting winds.

These photographs show how our furry friends have reacted to the cold snap from a timid peep outside their nests to wild frolicking with their playmates.

And whether they like the weather or not, animals across the country make a stunning sight against the fluffy white backdrop.

Image copyright Weather Watcher WilfChlsfield
Image caption Snowy whiskers in Bromley, Greater London
Image copyright ZSL London Zoo
Image caption A Sumatran tiger watched the snow fall at London Zoo
Image copyright Jayess Photography
Image caption Rodney the cat stretches out to explore on Canvey Island in Essex
Image copyright Chester Zoo
Image caption Sun bears Milli and Toni play fight in the snow at Chester Zoo
Image copyright Darren Moston
Image caption A vole peeps out from beneath a blanket of snow in Lower Walton, Cheshire
Image copyright Exmoor Zoo
Image caption A tapir finds a spot of sunshine to bask in at Exmoor Zoo in North Devon
Image copyright Weather Watchers Gareth 401
Image caption Weather Watcher Gareth 401 snapped a deer in Richmond, London

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Image caption A lynx plays in the snow at Whipsnade Zoo near Dunstable in Bedfordshire
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Image caption Weather Watcher Silversal captured this fox venturing into a garden in Islington, Greater London

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