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Monkey business at Port Lympne Zoo

Zookeepers at Port Lympne in Kent helped their capuchins mark Pancake Day.

Black capped capuchin monkeys normally live in Latin America. They can eat pretty much anything. Fruit, eggs and even insects or bats. But pancakes are probably a first for them

Pan-da-cakes served up for animal park

Red pandas at Drusillas Park enjoying Shrove Tuesday Credit: Drusillas Park

Red pandas at Drusillas Park have joined in the celebration of Shrove Tuesday by eating some special pancakes.

Mulan and Tibao were served unconventional crepes - from a mix known as panda cake.

Panda cake is a special dietary product which contains many of the daily nutrients required to keep the pandas fit and healthy.

Head Keeper Mark said: "We work hard in the zoo to deliver foodand other items of interest to the animals in ways that will keep them mentally stimulated.”

"Pandas are nervous creatures and they were a little wary at first. Mulan was the first to come and investigate - she can never resist a grape! She cleared the whole crepe up in a jiffy!”

Filippin' a pancake for Shrove Tuesday

Traditional pancake races are being held across the south Credit: ITV Meridian

Shove Tuesday will, of course, be marked today by eating and flipping a pancake or two. Teams will compete in the traditional race in Reading this morning. While a business in Brighton wants to break a world record for the largest stack of crepes ever made.

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