Keepers at ZSL London Zoo have put Ande the llama on Santa’s naughty list – after the cheeky youngster tucked into a selection of handcrafted wreaths destined to be part of the Zoo’s Christmas festivities.
Footage shared by London’s zoo shows llamas Ande and Dainty leaning over the fence to tuck into the leafy autumnal decorations - just moments after they were placed outside their enclosure - throwing them up into the air before devouring them.
Zookeeper Hattie Sire said: “Ande is definitely on the naughty list this year: we made the wreaths out of edible plants and trees growing at the zoo just in case they happened to catch their attention, but we thought our visitors would at least get to see our hard work before they had a nibble or two.
“Ande was definitely the ringleader, which is why he is going on the naughty list, while his mum, Dainty gets a pass as she was just following his lead – and Trigger the alpaca gets a spot on the nice list, as he refused to be drawn into the wreath wreckage!
Hattie added: “Rest assured, there are plenty of festive decorations and Christmas fun elsewhere at London Zoo, as we spent lockdown turning our 36 acre site into a festive outdoor wonderland - but we’ve learned our lesson so there won’t be any more decorations placed within Ande’s reach.”
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