Local animals feast on Lantern Festival treats
Animals at Shanghai Zoo and Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park are enjoying special tangyuan in celebration of Lantern Festival today.
Tangyuan, glutinous rice balls with sweet or salty fillings, is an essential treat for the traditional festival, but the versions for animals are quite different.
Pelicans at Shanghai Zoo in Changning District ate fish ball tangyuan, while Bengal tiger cubs have been given beef, pork and chicken balls.
Monkeys enjoyed a feast of wotou (a kind of steamed bun of corn or sorghum) tangyuan and fruit "soup," while fruits in the shape of lanterns were provided for red pandas.
A holiday atmosphere has been created where lemurs live with festive lantern decorations.
At the ocean park in the Pudong New Area, otter triplets and their mother were fed special tangyuan made of chicken and shrimp.
Each tangyuan contains 400 grams of chicken and 100 grams of shrimp, and each otter eats two or three at every meal.