Early Christmas treats for zoo’s meerkats Paul, George and Ringo

Whipsnade Zoo’s merry mob of meerkats have been busy hanging up their stockings ready for the arrival of Father Christmas.

Saint Nick himself flew into the Zoo on Saturday to take up his annual residence in the fairytale grotto, and launch Whipsnade’s Meet Santa experience.

L13-1373    MBLN'Meerkats and xmas stockings at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.'wk 48 RR JX

L13-1373 MBLN'Meerkats and xmas stockings at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.'wk 48 RR JX

To prepare for his arrival, Paul, George and Ringo’s personalised stockings were hung on their very own fireplace – keeping them active as they investigate something new.

Zookeeper Mark Holden said: “Paul, George and Ringo have definitely made it onto Santa’s nice list this year, so we stuffed their stockings full of their favourite cricket snacks as a pre-Christmas treat.

“Stuffed stockings are a great way of keeping the trio stimulated and encouraging them to be inquisitive.”

Little ones visiting Whipsnade Zoo’s Meet Santa experience over the festive period will be able to whisper their Christmas wishes to him, have their photo taken by elf photographers and receive a gift to take home, along with a bag of magical reindeer dust.

L13-1373    MBLN'Meerkats and xmas stockings at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.'wk 48 RR JX

L13-1373 MBLN'Meerkats and xmas stockings at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.'wk 48 RR JX

Visit www.zsl.org/Whipsnade for more information.

L13-1373    MBLN'Meerkats and xmas stockings at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.'wk 48 RR JX

L13-1373 MBLN'Meerkats and xmas stockings at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.'wk 48 RR JX

L13-1373    MBLN'Meerkats and xmas stockings at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.'wk 48 RR JX

L13-1373 MBLN'Meerkats and xmas stockings at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.'wk 48 RR JX

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