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

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Photo Credit: ZSL London Zoo

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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  • kittylover111
    kittylover111Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 2:28 am
    It's so cute that they use their nails, this article is a 10 out of 10.
    • wolfieland
      wolfielandMonday, March 1, 2021 at 11:18 am
      I just have one question, does that mean I have to give my FISH a present?🤣
      • jel
        jelMonday, January 25, 2021 at 12:55 pm
        Aww I love animals
        • nobejovy-160529768230
          nobejovy-160529768230Friday, December 18, 2020 at 9:56 am
          this vid so cute little tiger
          • itsfunnuh
            itsfunnuhFriday, December 11, 2020 at 10:38 am
            my gramas dog and her are moving in with us nd im going toget the dog a swetter now lol
            • corgigirll
              corgigirllWednesday, December 9, 2020 at 1:54 pm
              I will now totally give my pets presents!
              • corgigirll
                corgigirllWednesday, December 9, 2020 at 1:50 pm
                who would NOT want to do that?
                • corgigirll
                  corgigirllWednesday, December 9, 2020 at 1:49 pm
                  how is that not cute! #iluvanimals
                  • thatonekid
                    thatonekidTuesday, December 8, 2020 at 1:50 pm
                    This is a very nice thing to do but what I would have done was put toys in the lions gift boxes so they could be been more happy but overall this made my day
                    • queen_susan
                      queen_susanTuesday, December 8, 2020 at 1:16 pm
                      SO CUTE