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Thursday 17 April 2014

Jumbo joy at late Christmas dinner

An elephant enjoying a late Christmas dinner - a donated Christmas tree at the Berlin Zoo (AP)

Elephants at the Berlin Zoo have finally tucked 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 today. 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".

Mr Kuehne says the zoo does not 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.

Press Association

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