Zoo animals open food-filled Christmas presents

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Over the past few days, zoo animals have been given early Christmas presents in the form of edible treats wrapped up in festive packaging.

Here are pictures from zoos in France, Germany, Colombia and New Zealand.

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image captionA kea parrot ripped open its wrapped box of Christmas treats at Orana Wildlife Park on the outskirts of Christchurch, New Zealand
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image captionA gorilla at Orana got to enjoy a frozen Christmas treat
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image captionAlso at Orana, cheetahs explored festive packages filled with treats (above and below)
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image captionSome curious squirrel monkeys explored their food-filled Christmas package at the Zoo de Pescheray in le Breil-sur-Merize, near Le Mans, north-western France (above and below)
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image captionIn Tierpark Hagenbeck zoo in Hamburg, northern Germany, elephants were given boxes filled with fruit, straw and nuts
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image captionA baboon at Cali Zoo in Colombia got to grips with a festive treat
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image captionA black jaguar inspected Christmas stockings at Cali
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image captionAlso at Cali, a lion ate from its gift box (above) and a capuchin monkey inspected a festive package (below)
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