Lions enjoy some Christmas tree fun

7-year old Safina enjoys playing with Christmas trees at Linton Zoo Credit: ITV Anglia News

Linton Zoo near Cambridge has found an unusual way to recycle old Christmas trees as people take down their decorations on the twelfth night.

The zoo is asking for people's old trees, to give to their lions. The animals love to play with the trees and rip them to bits.

The Foote family from Linton donate their Christmas tree Credit: ITV News Anglia

The wood from the trees is also used to heat the animal enclosures.

It's the third year the xoo has taken in old Christmas trees and this year they have had double the usual amount.

The trees are used as part of the "enrichment" of the animals, trying to enhance their natural way of life.

Zuri from Linton Zoo playing with a Christmas tree Credit: Linton Zoo
Worn out by all the play, Zuri takes a nap Credit: Linton Zoo

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Lions enjoy Christmas tree fun

A Cambridgeshire Zoo has found a rather unusual way for us to recycle our old Christmas trees as people take down their decorations on twelfth night. Linton Zoo near Cambridge is giving old trees to their lions, who love to play with them.