In pictures: Christmas trees light up feeding time for lion cubs

One of the lion cubs uses one of the trees as a chew toy. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

One of the lion cubs uses one of the trees as a chew toy. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

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LION cubs at a Scottish safari park have been given a festive treat - Christmas trees covered in meat and spices.

Keepers placed unwanted Christmas trees left over from their annual sale into the reserve at Blair Drummond safari park near Stirling.

One of the cubs plays with a tree, while its doting mother looks on. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

One of the cubs plays with a tree, while its doting mother looks on. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The four five-month-old cubs were first to investigate followed by their mother and aunt.

Brian Reid, head of cats, said: “We put new and novel items in the enclosure all the time to keep them stimulated, so it made sense to use these trees before they went for chipping.

“Lions love to investigate new objects and smells, we put a bit of five spice on the branches alongside their meat for the day.

“They’ll keep coming back to revisit the smell, drag and jump on the trees for the rest of the morning.”

Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Zulua, a lion at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling, explores a Christmas tree left over from the attraction's annual sale.  Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Zulua, a lion at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling, explores a Christmas tree left over from the attraction's annual sale. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

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