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Animals lap up April sunny spells as temperatures soar

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image captionBella enjoys a cat nap in the sunshine in Epping, Essex

As the UK continues to bask in the hot weather, it's not just people who are enjoying catching some rays.

From dogs leaping in fields to cats soaking up the sun on loungers, animals are making the most of what is set to be the hottest day in April in decades.

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image captionJennifer Pimlow's dog, Frank, has certainly got a boost from the sun
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image captionWhen dry leaves are simply not enough to quench your thirst
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image captionLoki has found a good spot in Hassocks, West Sussex
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image captionThis squirrel monkey is not sure what to make of its ice lolly
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image captionSix-year-old rescue dog Rosie Gamgee suns herself in County Durham
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image captionSiberian tiger siblings Mishka and Milashki take a dip to cool off at Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordshire
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image captionHarley from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Police Dog Unit cools down on his lunch break
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image captionMonty plays statues in the shade in Shrewsbury, Shropshire