Tigers and meerkats rip open Christmas presents at ZSL London Zoo
PUBLISHED: 17:01 15 December 2016 | UPDATED: 17:16 15 December 2016
The animals foraged for baubles and indulged in seasonal vegetables as the festivities started early
Six-month-old Sumatran tiger cubs Achilles and Karis woke up to a pile of presents to tear open on their first Christmas.
Across the zoo, a mob of meerkats munched on pinecone baubles stuffed with festive vegetables hanging down from a Christmas tree.
ZSL’s Zoological Manager Mark Habben said: “We love a bit of festive cheer at ZSL London Zoo, and like to find fun ways for the animals to join in the festivities.
“We’ve come up with a variety of activities to encourage them to use their natural skills, like foraging or sniffing out their next meal: our tiger cubs loved using their newly learnt hunting prowess to rip open their presents, while our meerkats searched for their treats under the tree - just like kids all over the country on Christmas day.”
London Zoo is organising reindeer talks every weekend for families in the run up to Christmas.