“Just like pet cats, both Asim and Gaysha love to seek out and roll around in strong scents,” said ZSL London Zoo tiger keeper Kate Clark.
“So for Christmas this year we created a scented candy cane forest for them out of giant wooden canes and recycled hessian ‘Santa sacks’ – perfumed with natural seasonal scents such as ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon.
“It took Gaysha no time at all to reach up and tear down all our hard work – she’s this year’s Christmas Grinch, for sure.
“Luckily Asim still had a great time sniffing out each Santa sack, before rubbing himself all over with his favourite festive spices.”
Between November and January, London Zoo’s Magic of Christmas activities offer a festive twist for visitors – visit www.zsl.org/magicofchristmas to find out more.