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Dudley Zoo lion Kyra enjoys an eggy Easter breakfast

By Heather Large | Entertainment | Published:

Dudley Zoo’s Asiatic lioness Kyra had an excellent start to her 13th birthday with an eggy breakfast.

The birthday girl, whose birthday fell on Easter Day, couldn’t believe her eyes when she discovered the Easter bunny had left her a special enrichment gift in the one-acre paddock - a giant straw nest full of huge papier mâché eggs.

And Kyra, alongside sister Asha, couldn’t wait to get stuck in to the surprise delivery.

Keeper Josh Luxton, who assisted the Easter bunny, said: “We made the eggs out of recycled paper animal feed sacks and newspaper, sticking them together with flour and water and we sprayed them with perfumes, as well as adding a few of their favourite meaty treats inside.

“The lions, especially Kyra, loved them and it was great to see them enjoying their Easter eggs.”

Enrichment within a zoo environment is hugely beneficial for animal welfare by stimulating and encouraging natural hunting, tracking and foraging behaviours.

Heather Large

By Heather Large
Special projects reporter - @HeatherL_star

Senior reporter and part of the Express & Star special projects team specialising in education and human interest features.

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