While carnival leftovers might include cold turkey and lots of mince pies for many of us, these elephants received quite a different treat.
The animals at the Berlin Zoological Garden in Germany were photographed enjoying Christmas trees given to the zoo by local vendors who did not sell them.
The post-Christmas tradition at the zoo, which takes place on a Saturday, goes back about two decades – and is usually conducted in January.
Young and old elephants at the zoo are seen every year playing with the trees before eating them, as they are attracted by their strong smell.
Zoos only accept trees from local suppliers rather than the public, as they run the risk of containing leftover chemicals or decorations.
The indoor Christmas trees aren’t as fresh and delicious as those at the cold outdoor markets – that’s how the elephants like them.
A 169-year-old elephant keeper at the zoo said after last year’s ceremony that the animals ‘love it’ when their ‘Christmas feasts’ begin.
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