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Berlin elephants feast on Christmas trees

  • An elephant holds  a Christmas tree at the Berlin Zoo at the launch of the annual feeding of Christmas trees in Berlin, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. Keeper Dr. Ragnar Kuehne told reporters that today was  the first day the  elephants and some other zoo animals  were  fed  with Christmas trees after the holiday period. The trees  have not been used and were not sold, they were donated  by the vendors in the area.  (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    An elephant holds a Christmas tree at the Berlin Zoo at the launch of the annual feeding of Christmas trees in Berlin, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. Keeper Dr. Ragnar Kuehne told reporters that today was the first day the elephants and some other zoo animals were fed with Christmas trees after the holiday period. The trees have not been used and were not sold, they were donated by the vendors in the area. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

  • An elephant eats a Christmas tree at the Berlin Zoo at the launch of the annual feeding of Christmas trees in Berlin, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. Keeper Dr. Ragnar Kuehne told reporters that today was  the first day the  elephants and some other zoo animals were  fed  with Christmas trees after the holiday period. The trees have not been used and were not sold, they were   donated  by the vendors in the area.  (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    An elephant eats a Christmas tree at the Berlin Zoo at the launch of the annual feeding of Christmas trees in Berlin, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. Keeper Dr. Ragnar Kuehne told reporters that today was the first day the elephants and some other zoo animals were fed with Christmas trees after the holiday period. The trees have not been used and were not sold, they were donated by the vendors in the area. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

  • An elephant  holds a christmas tree at the Berlin Zoo at the launch of the annual feeding of christmas trees in Berlin, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. Keeper Dr. Ragnar Kuehne told reporters that today was  the first day they when the  elephants and some other zoo animals are fed Christmas trees after the holiday period. The trees  have not been used and were not sold, they  were donated  by the vendors in the area.  (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

    An elephant holds a christmas tree at the Berlin Zoo at the launch of the annual feeding of christmas trees in Berlin, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. Keeper Dr. Ragnar Kuehne told reporters that today was the first day they when the elephants and some other zoo animals are fed Christmas trees after the holiday period. The trees have not been used and were not sold, they were donated by the vendors in the area. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

  • An elephant holds  a Christmas tree at the Berlin Zoo at the launch of the annual feeding of Christmas trees in Berlin, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. Keeper Dr. Ragnar Kuehne told reporters that today was  the first day the  elephants and some other zoo animals  were  fed  with Christmas trees after the holiday period. The trees  have not been used and were not sold, they were donated  by the vendors in the area.  (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
  • An elephant eats a Christmas tree at the Berlin Zoo at the launch of the annual feeding of Christmas trees in Berlin, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. Keeper Dr. Ragnar Kuehne told reporters that today was  the first day the  elephants and some other zoo animals were  fed  with Christmas trees after the holiday period. The trees have not been used and were not sold, they were   donated  by the vendors in the area.  (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
  • An elephant  holds a christmas tree at the Berlin Zoo at the launch of the annual feeding of christmas trees in Berlin, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. Keeper Dr. Ragnar Kuehne told reporters that today was  the first day they when the  elephants and some other zoo animals are fed Christmas trees after the holiday period. The trees  have not been used and were not sold, they  were donated  by the vendors in the area.  (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

The zoo treated its elephants and some of its other animals to the trees for lunch Friday. Before gobbling the greenery, elephants young and old played with the trees, whose strong smell attracts them.

Elephant keeper Ragnar Kuehne said the unsold Christmas trees were donated by local vendors.

He said “the animals love it. For them, the Christmas feast is starting now.”

Kuehne says the zoo doesn’t accept trees from the public, which could contain chemicals or leftover decorations. He also says Christmas trees inside houses aren’t as fresh and juicy as those at cold outdoor markets — which is just how the elephants like them.

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