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Kicker: Tasty trees

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WORLD Radio - Kicker: Tasty trees

Tree lots give unsold trees to zoos for the animals to enjoy as a winter snack


An Asian elephant plays with a Christmas tree Associated Press/Photo by Jens Kalaene/dpa

MYRNA BROWN, HOST: Christmas tree lots are closed until next year, but what about the trees that didn’t find a home?

ZOO DIRECTOR: Let the animals have them and let them. Either, they'll either eat them or it's great enrichment for them at the same time.

Sound there from 13 WMAZ of Macon, Georgia. In early January, zoos from Tennessee to Berlin in Germany take unwanted trees and give them to the animals.

They tout the Vitamin C, supposed to be good for ’em.

SVENJA EISENBARTH: Maybe it's like the same like the treats we have here on the Christmas market. You don't eat it every year, but when you find it on the Christmas market, then it's really yummy.

NICK EICHER, HOST: Oooh, ja, sehr lecker. But I dunno. I don’t think even my dog would eat those. And you know she likes to eat.

BROWN: Oh I know! But she’s got her standards!

It’s The World and Everything in It.


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