Vegetarian feast!

Primate keepers ensured chimpanzee Binti celebrated her 24th birthday with a tasty lemon cake – made using mashed potato!

Trainee Keeper, Shaun Crompton, whipped up the treat at home, using potatoes rather than flour and eggs.

Shaun said: “Our chimps enjoy a varied diet of all kinds of vegetables, but it’s nice to give it to them in a different way now and again.

“All seven chimps always get a special treat for their birthdays, but as it’s World Vegetarian Month, I thought I’d have a go at baking a veggie birthday cake and found a recipe for a cake using mashed potato.

“It turned out to be a huge hit with the girls who tucked into a big slice each during the celebratory tea party we threw for them, complete with a stack of wrapped presents, filled with their favourite vegetables and raisins and bran, which were quickly opened and emptied!”