Christmas may be a primarily “human” festivity, but that doesn’t mean animals can’t get in on a piece of the action! At zoos across the world, workers have been spreading Christmas cheer to the animals, giving them presents to unwrap that are full of fruit and food to enjoy. They’ve also given them toys to play with, and even hung makeshift edible baubles on trees – how festive!
Although they might be spending Christmas in captivity, these lovely photographs show just how loved and cared for these animals are. Christmas is a great time to really appreciate nature, and all the beautiful living things on Earth. These animals definitely seem to be feeling the love!
Here are some meerkats posting wish lists to Santa from London Zoo – we wonder what they’ve asked for!
These animals also seem to be feeling the Christmas spirit…
Marty the Amur tiger, from the Highland Wildlife Park, Scotland, eyes up his Christmas pudding which is filled with meat. We’re feeling inspired for our own Christmas dinners – meat pudding anyone?
These baby lions fight over Christmas presents at Paignton Zoo, Devon, while their mum makes sure they’re behaving themselves.
This baby elephant seems thrilled with whatever is inside his Christmas present at Whipsnade Zoo, Bedforshire. Just look at that face!
This Kamchatka brown bear looks hungry in Hagenbeck Zoo, Hamburg. We’re feeling inspired by the pepper baubles – you’ll see them hanging on our Christmas trees next year!
This panda is mesmerised by the Christmas cake it has been given at the Edinburgh zoo. We normally get that way around cake, too.
Santa Claus paid a visit to the ring-tailed lemurs in Hagenbeck Zoo, Hamburg. Rumour has it, these lemurs might be replacing Santa’s reindeer. We don’t think Rudolph will be best pleased with the redundancy.
Orangutan mother Mali and her baby Tatau open Christmas presents together at Paignton Zoo, Devon. Tatau can’t wait to see what Santa has delivered!