Wolverines tear into Christmas treats at Whipsnade Zoo

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Keepers celebrate the reopening of the UK’s largest zoo with festive treats for the animals

Zookeepers at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo treated the wolverine pack to a morning of festive fun as the UK's largest zoo welcomes back visitors today (Wednesday).

The keepers snuck into the wolverine’s woodland home before they woke up and decorated it with giant Christmas themed candy cane pinatas - filled with their favourite treats.

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The iconic predators, sometimes called ‘gluttons’ thanks to their healthy appetites, made short work of the treats, quickly tearing into them with their strong claws.

Wolverine at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo tears into Christmas treat (C) ZSLWolverine at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo tears into Christmas treat (C) ZSL
Wolverine at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo tears into Christmas treat (C) ZSL

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s Chief Operating Officer, Owen Craft, said: “The wolverines got in on the action early with their candy cane inspired treats, and they loved it!

“We’ve got a Christmas-themed self-guided trail for visitors to embark on, and we’re delighted that we are able to still bring Father Christmas to our visitors – but we’re already seeing huge demand for tickets, so head to zsl.org to book yours now!

“It’s been a difficult year for us all and paying us a visit is one of the best ways you can show us your support – I can’t think of a better place to be this Christmas!”

Tickets are available to book online. Advanced booking will be necessary to manage capacity limits and ensure social distancing on site.