Monday 24 July 2017

Hot potato joy for park's baboons

Baboons in Knowsley Safari Park kept warm with hot potatoes in the cold snap
Baboons in Knowsley Safari Park kept warm with hot potatoes in the cold snap
Baboons in Knowsley Safari Park kept warm with hot potatoes in the cold snap

Despite being native to warmer climes, baboons at a safari park are happy to monkey around with hot potatoes in the snow.

Knowsley Safari Park, in Merseyside, was closed to visitors but that did not stop the African primates from tucking into a warming snack.

Keepers braved the freezing conditions to check on the welfare of the animals throughout the park, many of which are more suited to balmy weather.

General manager David Ross said: "In these conditions the baboons absolutely love a baked potato and it's been fantastic to watch adults and youngsters alike collecting the steaming spuds from the keepers and enjoying something warm in the snow.

"We don't take the decision to close our gates lightly but the snow ... made it impossible ­ probably the worst conditions we've experienced since the mid-1990s.

"However, our staff battled their way in this morning and have been working hard to ensure all our animals are as well-fed and cosy as possible."

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