Valentine's Day treat for zoo's chimps

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Love was in the air for Whipsnade Zoo’s chimpanzees in Bedfordshire as they tucked into tasty treats dished up in heart shaped hampers to get them in the mood for Valentine’s Day.

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Keepers stuffed parcels full of the chimp’s favourite food, including apples and peanut butter, and put them around their enclosure in time for the big day.

It's all part of the Zoo’s enrichment programme which stimulates the chimps’ curiosity and encourages their natural behaviours.

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Keeper Jane Storr said: “We’re always looking for new ways of enriching our chimpanzee’s lives, especially at feeding time when we give them food in imaginative ways to keep them happy and healthy.

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“Chimps are curious by nature and the Valentine’s treats make an ideal gift for them – they had to work hard to get to their food by delving into the hearts to investigate their treats.”