Easter came early for the racoons at Drusillas Park on Thursday (March 24), as the mischievous mob tucked into an egg-citing feast.
Chocolate was not on the menu though; instead the Easter bunny delivered boiled eggs decorated with edible paint to mark the festivities.
The egg hunt proved a smash with the whole group of racoons and coatis, who egg-splored the enclosure with enthusiasm. They scrambled to discover the unusual offering before polishing the meal up in minutes.
Zoo Manager, Sue Woodgate said, “Eggs are an important source of protein for the group.
“Serving them whole in shells means the animals have to think a little harder to get their food. They have to roll them around and work for their reward.
“The coatis cracked it straight away and then tried hard to poach extras from their racoon rivals.
“Serving the animals’ food in different ways is all part of our daily enrichment programme, which ensures a diverse diet is enjoyed in imaginative and unusual ways.”
Located just off the A27 in Alfriston, Drusillas Park is open daily from 10am. For more information, please telephone 01323 874100 or visit the website www.drusillas.co.uk
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