Zoo critters enjoy festival feast zongzi
The Shanghai Zoo in Changning District served up special zongzi to its animal inhabitants on Thursday, in honor of Dragon Boat Festival.
Zongzi are a traditional festival food made of glutinous rice stuffed with different fillings and wrapped in leaves. The zoo's zongzi were prepared with the dietary needs of its animals in mind. Meerkates and fennec foxes, for example, got zongzi stuffed with canine food and mealworms, which were quickly devoured.
Galapagos tortoises were served zongzi wrapped with plantain leaf veins and bamboo leaves. Yellow-margined box turtles got special shrimp zongzi.
Among animals once indigenous to Shanghai and East China, otters were treated with fish-filling zongzi, and badgers had zongzi filled with beef.
Porcupines and river deer were served zongzi with vegetables.
At the Shanghai Wild Animal Park in the Pudong New Area, animals also enjoy a banquet of zongzi.
African elephants enjoy special zongzi with watermelon fillings wrapped by plantain leaves, and the treat for lesser pandas are zongzi filled with apple, banana and raisins.
Animal keepers prepared zongzi with peanut, red dates and biscuits for racoons.