If you thought that once the festive season is over, the only thing to do with your Christmas tree is throw it away, then think again.
It's that time of year again when the Christmas season is well and truly over and those of us who celebrate the holiday are left with a lumbering great pine tree to dispose of in some form or fashion. Those of us who opt for the real thing can't merely pack our trees away and chances are the tree that has lived in the corner of our living room for the past month or so will end up on a landfill site somewhere.
There isn't really much you can do with them though right? Well, that's where you're wrong. It turns out elephants are pretty big fans of pine trees, regardless of the time of year. As you can see from the video below, from AP Archive's YouTube channel, Berlin Zoo's elephants love to play with used up Christmas trees, throwing them around and even using them to scratch their backs.
Interesting facts that make elephants even more endearing than they already are seem to be coming out more often these days. Not only do the massive mammals love to toss around Christmas trees and eat the needles, but there is also evidence to suggest that pachyderms see humans in the same way that we see puppies. So what we're saying is when an elephant looks at you they actually find you pretty cute.
Elephants aren't the only animals that can benefit from your disused Christmas trees. Linton Zoo in the United Kingdom actually gives their old Christmas trees to their resident lions. The kings and queens of the jungle roll around on the trees before going for their afternoon nap and apparently find the smell of the needles exciting according to The Local. Check out the video below of Linton's lions doing exactly that.
The list of zoo animals that love old Christmas trees doesn't stop at just elephants and lions either. According to the Good News Network giraffes, otters, deers, and pretty much any herbivorous animals love getting the chance to divulge in some pine needles as it is a great source of vitamin C. With all of that in mind, if you do still have your Christmas tree hanging around from the recent festive season, how about donating it to your local zoo rather than leaving it by the curb for waste management to take?