Discarded Christmas trees make
tasty snacks for elephants at the
Christmas trees are the perfect meal for the massive animals, experts say. 'The animals love it. For them, the Christmas feast is starting now.'
An elephant gets his Christmas treat, a few days after the holiday.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Saturday, January 5, 2013
BERLIN — Elephants at the Berlin Zoo finally got a chance to tuck into their Christmas dinner: A feast of donated pine trees.
The zoo treated its elephants and some of its other animals to the trees for lunch Friday. Before gobbling the greenery, elephants young and old played with the trees, whose strong smell attracts them.
Elephant keeper Ragnar Kuehne said the unsold Christmas trees were donated by local vendors.
He said "the animals love it. For them, the Christmas feast is starting now."
Elephants and some other zoo animals are fed Christmas treesafter the holiday period. The trees have not been used and were not sold, they were donated by the vendors in the area.
Kuehne says the zoo doesn't accept trees from the public, which could contain chemicals or leftover decorations. He also says Christmas trees inside houses aren't as fresh and juicy as those at cold outdoor markets — which is just how the elephants like them.
Dr. Ragnar Kuehne told reporters that Friday was the first day they when the elephants and some other zoo animals are fed the trees.
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