Granville, the baby southern white rhino, is celebrating his first Christmas at West Midland Safari Park this year.
The youngster, who is almost 3 months old, was presented with a huge red and silver box by keepers as a festive treat and wasted no time investigating its contents. The gift was perfect for a young rhino as it contained a huge pile of tasty hay, which Granville was more than happy to share with mum, Ailsa.
Meanwhile, in the Asian rhino house, keepers had been as busy as Santa’s elves, making personalised stockings for the three Asian rhinos. Made out of hessian and covered with festive decorations, the giant stockings were stuffed with Rap, Sundanda and Seto’s favourite treats.
Sarah Kirby, Senior Keeper of Ungulates, said, “Enrichment is an important part of the daily lives of the rhinos as it challenges them physically and mentally. I chose to make stockings for them as it’s something they’ve never encountered before and as they’ve been so good all year so they are definitely on Santa’s nice list!”
“Keepers think of the animals as part of our extended family, so we love to get them involved in the Christmas spirit and watch them open their presents! We will be coming in to work over the festive period and the rhinos will be getting plenty of treats to celebrate and as always, will be well looked after.”
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