Christmas trees that never made it to people’s homes are being fed to animals at Wilhelma zoo in the south-western German city of Stuttgart.
Around 150 leftover trees are currently feeding elephants and other animals, or being used to decorate the enclosures.
“It’s not a really big treat, but they do eat it,” said a spokesman for the zoo. Breaking up the trees is also a good activity for the pachyderms, he said.
“Other animals like big cats are fascinated by the smell,” he added.
Another option is to use the trees as decoration – for example in the aviaries.
Trees which have been decorated in people’s homes are not used at the zoo.(dpa/NAN)