Animal Gifts

Santa’s Favorite Critters: Animals Enjoy Holiday Gifts (PHOTOS)

See some of nature's finest creatures enjoying well-deserved holiday treats.

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Christmas is a time of presents and celebration, and the animal kingdom would like to be included, thank you very much. Here some of nature's finest creatures enjoy well-deserved holiday treats.

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This caught-in-the-act bear seems perfectly content with his Christmas present of fruit and nutty treats in sunny Sydney, Australia.

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Single file, now. These British penguins gather around the Christmas tree at the London Zoo for a doling out of presents.

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Hopefully there was nothing fragile in there. This lion got quite a mouthful with this brightly wrapped holiday present of delicious treats.

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It's a meerkat Christmas. These puzzled critters are getting into the holiday spirit with their decorated abodes.

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"Hands off!" The ring-tailed lemur is protective of his gift at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedforshire, England.

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Someone got festive with the watermelon carving. In Sydney's Taringa Zoo, an Aldabra tortoise bites his early Christmas gift of the refreshing fruit.

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Yoko, a female chimpanzee, is fully enjoying her Christmas basket of fruit at Rio de Janeiro's zoo.

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An otter enjoys sugary ornaments at Whipsnade Zoo in England.

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 A Sea Lion plays with his holiday desserts during a moment on land.

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Squirrel Monkeys investigate their new woven-stocking feed bags hanging from trees at the London Zoo.

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This might not be a shark's idea of the best Christmas treat. In Madrid, zoo workers in diving suits finish mounting a Nativity scene at the bottom of the shark tank.