World Cup fever is spreading among creatures great and small at DZG . . .
Over at the Tecton tiger enclosure three-year-old Sumatran tigress, Daseep has been dribbling a giant plastic football around the den and 12-year-old black-and-white ruffed lemur, Yoda is leading the lads in Lemur Wood with a spot of patriotic flag waving in readiness for tonight’s England v Uruguay game.
Top players include two cheeky four-year-old Asiatic short-clawed otters testing team tactics with a quick kickabout in their rainforest enclosure. Judy and Jack have been entertaining themselves and visitors alike after keepers added a plastic ball to their Monkey Tails walkthrough exhibit. Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman said: “Many of our keepers use balls as enrichment toys for a variety of species and fill them with treats to encourage the animals to use their hunting and tracking skills. “Daseep’s a great fan of ball games and loves nothing more than a good kickabout in her enclosure, while Yoda is simply a mishievous small primate who likes stealing flags! “Otters are always inquisitive and will make up games with just about anything they can get their paws on, so they quite literally had a ball playing with their latest toy.” She added: “But it’s all good fun, keeps them amused for hours and no-one’s bothered about the final score!”