Zoo critters enjoy festival feast zongzi

Hu Min
Animal inhabitants at the Shanghai Zoo weren't left out of the Dragon Boat tradition of eating leaf-wrapped holiday treats.
Hu Min
Zoo critters enjoy festival feast zongzi
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A pair of giant pandas eat zongzi at Shanghai Wild Animal Park. 

Zoo critters enjoy festival feast zongzi
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A lesser panda enjoys zongzi at Shanghai Wild Animal Park on Thursday. 

Zoo critters enjoy festival feast zongzi
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Meerkats eat zongzi at Shanghai Zoo. 

Zoo critters enjoy festival feast zongzi
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Fennec foxes enjoy zongzi at Shanghai Zoo. 

Zoo critters enjoy festival feast zongzi
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River deer enjoy zongzi at Shanghai Zoo. 

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.

Zoo critters enjoy festival feast zongzi
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Turtles have zongzi at Shanghai Zoo. 

Zoo critters enjoy festival feast zongzi
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A monkey has zongzi at Shanghai Wild Animal Park. 

Zoo critters enjoy festival feast zongzi
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A turtle chows down on zongzi at Shanghai Zoo. 

Zoo critters enjoy festival feast zongzi
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Zookeepers prepare zongzi with canine feed and mealworm filling.

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. 

Zoo critters enjoy festival feast zongzi
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A racoon takes in zongzi at Shanghai Wild Animal Park. 

Zoo critters enjoy festival feast zongzi
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An African elephant is fed with zongzi at Shanghai Wild Animal Park. 

Zoo critters enjoy festival feast zongzi
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An animal keeper makes zongzi with fruit fillings at Shanghai Wild Animal Park. 

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. 

Zoo critters enjoy festival feast zongzi
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A lesser panda enjoys zongzi at Shanghai Wild Animal Park. 

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