Stocking up for Christmas! Meerkats and lions get early gifts

When staff at the Blair Drummond Safari Park in Stirling got into the Christmas spirit by giving their meerkats baubles and gifts, they probably didn't expect the animals to become the stocking filler.

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But one hapless youngster got so excited by the prospect of the mealworm goodies inside, he jumped straight in and hogged it all to himself.

Stocking up for Christmas! Meerkats and lions get early giftsPA

Meanwhile, over at London Zoo, the lions also received a visit from the on-site Santa.



One male looked puzzled but excited about his Christmas pudding ball, which, no doubt, was stuffed with tasty meat.

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Stocking up for Christmas! Meerkats and lions get early gifts

Lucifer the lion checks out his Christmas presents at London Zoo.

A reindeer at Bristol Zoo Gardens tucks in to a Christmas meal.

Sumatran tiger cub Kembali checks out her pressie at Taronga Zoo, Sydney

Santa gives the humboldt penguins a snack at Marineland exhibition park, Antibes, France

Dudley the lion gets a stocking full of meat at Blair Drummond Safari Park, Scotland.

A curious chimpanzee, Twycross Zoo, Leicestershire

Christmas goose Auguste sits on donkey Eddy's back in Marzahn, Berlin.

Coatis find delicacies in their hats, Hagenbeck Zoo, Hamburg, Germany.

Giraffes get long stockings at London Zoo.

Donna the elephant gets a gift, Whipsnade Safari Park.

A monkey plays with Christmas decorations at Buenos Aires Zoo.

Seals sifting through the snow at Taronga Zoo, Sydney.

Festive fun and games at Taronga Zoo, Sydney.

A baby meercat finds a cosy spot at Drummond Safari Park, Scotland.

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