Sweetcorn-loving Ellie has her snacks sorted for this week’s open-air cinema events!
As a special enrichment treat, keepers popped the binturong’s favourite sweetcorn kernels in the microwave, before serving the unflavoured treat to the four-year-old, who enjoyed a nibble!
Senior Keeper Josh Luxton, said: “Sweetcorn is Ellie’s favourite food and we often spot her stealing it from her den mate, Connie, the Asian Palm Civet, when she’s not looking!
“Ahead of the zoo’s cinema events we thought we’d try popping some sweetcorn kernels and see what she thought of those, as you can’t beat popcorn and a film and she did taste a couple, although Elliot our male binturong wasn’t keen.
“Interestingly, the Southeast Asian native species naturally smells of hot buttered popcorn, not due to their diet, which here at the zoo typically consists of chicken breast, boiled eggs and fruit and vegetables, but because of a chemical in their urine, so make sure you have a sniff at their enclosure when you next visit.”
You’re welcome to bring your own popcorn and snacks to our evening cinema events in the castle courtyard tomorrow, Friday and Saturday, although hot food and drinks will be available to purchase.
There’s still time to grab your tickets for tomorrow’s screening of The Greatest Showman, Friday’s Jurassic Park or Saturday’s The Rocky Horror Picture Show, from our website or by calling 01384 215313.