We all get a little tired of being cooped up inside the cold this time of the year – even animals. But some creatures at Brookfield Zoo have found a way to beat the boredom, and it’s a fitting way to cure the cabin fever: an old tree.
That might not sound like a lot of fun, but those recycled Christmas trees are the gift that keeps on giving the animals something to do – and visitors, too, when they come to the zoo to see the fir fly.
While the rest of us have to bundle up, the creatures with a full-time fur coat are amusing themselves with repurposed trees, romping around outside and rubbing their horns against the trees, tossing them about, poking around their branches, and even finding treats in them. Among the recipients of the trees are the bison herd, Whirl the Amur tiger, Hudson the polar bear, and the African painted dogs. Whatever use they make of the trees, they seems to take their mind off the cold.