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    Posted on Dec 16, 2015

    Zoo Animals Around The World Are Opening Their Christmas Presents Early

    This is too cute to cope with.

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    Zoo animals all around the world are starting to open their festive gifts.

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    Over at Edinburgh Zoo, the family of meerkats were visited by Santa.

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    The meerkats clambered all over the sleigh, which was of course pulled by reindeer...

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    Hemedia Katielee Arrowsmith / Katielee ArrowsmithHEMEDIA

    ...and inside they found a selection of fresh bugs and critters to eat.

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    Merry Christmas, meerkats!

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    Hemedia Katielee Arrowsmith / Katielee ArrowsmithHEMEDIA

    Meanwhile at Whipsnade Zoo the chimpanzees were given a bunch of gifts to open.

    ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
    ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

    The gifts were stuffed with their favourite snacks, including fruit and nuts.

    ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

    The zoo's sea lions, meanwhile, were given some festive fishy presents.

    ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

    This 6-month-old lion pup called Oscar hasn't yet been weaned off milk, so his keepers hoped his Christmas ice treats would introduce him to fish for the first time.

    ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

    Zookeeper Stephen Perry said: “Animals like chimpanzees and sea lions are really inquisitive by nature and enjoy investigating new things."

    ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

    “The chimps and sea lions have definitely made it onto Santa’s nice list this year, and I’m sure they’ll love their Christmas treats.”

    ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
    ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

    Merry Christmas, chimps and sea lions!

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    And over at the Welsh Mountain Zoo, this Sumatran tiger got an early Christmas present.

    Welsh Mountain Zoo

    As did Molly the lemur.

    Welsh Mountain Zoo

    More chimps got their gifts at Taronga Zoo, in Sydney, Australia.

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    They were given special Christmas-themed enrichment treats along with puzzles designed to challenge their natural skills.

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    Here are two ring-tailed lemurs testing out their brainpower.

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    Among the gifts the animals got were mealworms and bananas...

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    William West / AFP / Getty Images

    ...not to mention sweet potato, kale, and watermelons shaped like fir trees.

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    Young and old alike were delighted.

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    At Chessington World of Adventures, this spider monkey got a cuddly toy.

    Chessington Zoo

    And this one got caught peeking at his present.

    Chessington World of Adventures

    This squirrel monkey looked for a companion to pull his cracker with him.

    Chessington World of Adventures

    And their gifts were of course delivered by Willow...one of the centre's resident reindeer.

    Chessington World of Adventures

    Merry Christmas, everyone!

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