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Christmas Presents Arrive Early for Adelaide Zoo Animals

Christmas has come early for the animals at Adelaide Zoo, including for giant pandas Fu Ni and Wang Wang.

Zoo volunteers created the array of gifts. Keeper Jaimee Foote said the pandas were excited when something different appeared in their enclosures.

“Our pandas love exploring new things, especially when there are tasty treats inside,” she said.

A panda looks at a fake candy cane hanging from a tree.

In Fu Ni’s enclosure, there was a fake candy cane coated in honey to lick and a sawdust-filled Santa, along with some fruit and a cake made of panda-friendly ingredients.

“Panda cake is a bit of a favourite — and the sawdust they like to roll in,” Ms Foote explained.

A panda with Christmas gifts in her enclosure.

Fu Ni was artificially inseminated back in September, but at this stage keepers are still not sure if she is eating for more than one.

“Fu Ni could potentially be pregnant I guess, we don’t know. It’s a huge guessing game for us,” Ms Foote said.

“We just have to go by her behaviour and see if she starts to display anything [unusual] in the coming months.”

An inquisitive lioness checks out her early Christmas present.

Lioness Armani enjoyed her presents, but lion Mujambi was not in a festive mood and chose to ignore his.

As ever, the meerkats were inquisitive about the gifts put in their enclosure.

A meerkat with a Christmas parcel.
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