Video of The Week — Christmas Comes Early For Some Lucky Animals

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This year, Christmas came early for the lucky residents of the London Zoo. On Thursday, December 15, when Sumatran tiger cubs Achilles and Karis emerged from their dens, they saw what every kid (and adult) dreams about during this time of the year — piles of colorfully wrapped gifts!

Though this is their first Christmas, the cats, who were born at the zoo in June, appeared to realize that the boxes were meant for them and began to rip off the wrapping as fast as they could. Though the boxes were empty, Achilles and Karis did not seem to care. They were just thrilled to be able to practice their newly acquired hunting skills.

Photo Credit: ZSL London Zoo

Meanwhile, the zoo’s meerkats were having a celebration of their own. They spent the day munching on the Christmas ornaments — pinecones that were stuffed with delicious vegetables!

Zoological Manager Mark Habben says these fun celebrations that add some festive cheer at the ZSL London Zoo, are designed to “encourage them (the animals) to use their natural skills, like foraging or sniffing out their next meal.” Judging from the reactions of the animals, they sure seemed to enjoy the special treats!

We hope you have a lovely holiday as well and receive everything you had hoped for and more!

Wish You All A Very Merry Christmas!

Resources: telegraph.co.uk, zsl.org

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  • notclaudia
    notclaudiaMonday, September 18, 2017 at 8:53 am
    This Is What All Zoo's Should Do
    • Joshua#JboogieThursday, September 14, 2017 at 5:42 am
      Dem tigers be eating
      • KKTPSunday, August 13, 2017 at 10:11 pm
        This article made us wonder if predators would more likely hunt more colourful animals than dull ones. We wonder if all the animals at the zoo got presents. We also wonder if the zoo keepers will use this festive technique to teach baby animals nature skills. We learnt that meerkats like pinecones and everyone likes presents.
        • chinchilla344
          chinchilla344Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 6:45 am
          The tiger's are so cute. When they open the present 🎁 makes them evangelical more cute.
          • jeffWednesday, June 14, 2017 at 12:19 pm
            nice
            • catminnie321
              catminnie321Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 11:56 am
              this is so sweet they should do this more
              • flag
                flagTuesday, May 9, 2017 at 7:44 am
                This is so cool
                • ccTuesday, April 4, 2017 at 4:41 pm
                  soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute
                  • bekahboo
                    bekahbooTuesday, March 28, 2017 at 8:59 am
                    cuteness
                    • comanderkitten
                      comanderkittenFriday, March 24, 2017 at 9:48 am
                      #CATLIFE

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