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Circle of life: Moscow zoo animals enjoy leftover Christmas trees

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By ITN News Editor January 12, 2019 13:48

Circle of life: Moscow zoo animals enjoy leftover Christmas trees

Environmentally-minded people who every year raise concerns about the scale of Christmas tree use will be pleased to learn that Moscow has found an unusual remedy to this dilemma.The trees are not going to waste, at least not directly.For the fifth consecutive year, Moscow’s historical zoo has collected hundreds of unsold fir trees from markets and introduced them to most of the animals’ dwelling spaces.Naturally, reception of the trees varies greatly from species to species. For some, it is part of their diet and they munch on the plants happily. Other show curiosity. As for the elephants, they completely ignore their new trees in favour of a hearty meal of bread and biscuits.Chief Scientist at the zoo Roman Anushin said that the trees are not only a good source of seasonal nutrition rare in the winter, but that they also serve as a healthy change of scenery in exhibits that change little.Christmas may be well over for most people, but for these animals in Moscow, it has come just a bit later.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 12, 2019 13:48