Boxing Day for Polish Zoomates
Lions, Meerkats, monkeys, parrots and a giraffe were given a yuletide treat by keepers at the Gdansk-Oliwa zoo in Poland.
They were given special treats to eat that were hidden in boxes wrapped up like Christmas presents. "There are surprises hidden in the packages in form of different kinds of food, depending on the species," said Andrzej Gutowski from Gdansk Zoo.
Meerkats were seen nibbling on a slice of white bread, while a giraffe plucked treats hung from a Christmas tree and a parrot received some nuts.
"We won't give nuts to lions, because they won't be interested in it. So they will get some scented forms of meat meals," Mr Gutowski added. The meat meals certainly got the attention of the lion cubs who can be seen tearing away at the wrapping paper. Even a fully-grown male lion was not missing out, making sure to have a large box to himself.
Keeper, Daria Zwierzchowska said: "Today, on the occasion of Christmas, our animals got their presents, including fruits that they don't eat everyday, like pineapples, coconuts and an avocado."
The Christmas presents were part of an enrichment programme aimed at stimulating behaviours vital to living in the wild.
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