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Berlin zoo elephants snack on Christmas trees

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There was a special delivery to the Tierpark zoo in the former East of the capital this week – left-over Christmas trees for the elephant herd to chow down on.

If you were an African or Asian elephant standing around in -7C temperatures just outside the Berlin city limits, you'd probably feel in need of something to keep you busy and maybe even cheer you up a little.

That's why keepers at the zoo decided to bring in the festive foliage and brighten up a few of the chilly January days for their wards.

An elephant at Berlin's Tierpark zoo enjoys eating a leftover Christmas tree. Photo: DPA

"The nutritional value of fir trees is very limited, they mostly just keep them busy. The elephants like to chew on them," a spokeswoman told the Berliner Morgenpost.

Elephants usually eat hay or grass and sometimes get fruit or vegetables in amongst the feed.

An elephant plays with a twig from a Christmas tree in Berlin's Tierpark zoo. Photo: DPA

But both of Berlin's zoos have been offering them unsold Christmas trees from the capital's suppliers – not the forlorn, sometimes partially-decorated ones to be seen by the side of the road in the early days of January.

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Other animals, including kangaroos and zebras, also enjoy eating and playing with the trees.

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