Zoo Animals Nom St. Paddy’s Treats

These enrichment activities don't contain Guinness. Honest.

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Joven -- the National Zoo’s 23-year-old male red-ruffed lemur -- enjoyed a tasty frozen treat made of apples, pears, cucumbers, honeydew and diluted fruit juice. Not a bad St. Paddy's Day for someone who can't drink Guinness.
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Is it just our imaginations, or is this black-and-rufous elephant shrew smiling about his St. Patrick's Day enrichment activity?
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And now in the "ridiculously cute" category, the Prevost's squirrels watched anxiously while their enclosure was decorated and special treats were distributed.
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"Enrichment activities provide physical and mental stimulation for the animals that give them opportunities to use their natural abilities and behaviors," according to the zoo. Here, a golden lion tamarin decides whether to hunt for bugs or play with a new toy.
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This pale-headed saki enjoyed a frozen treat.
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They don't sell these at the concession stand.
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This golden lion tamarin got mini frozen treats. Adorbs!
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This pale-headed saki is obviously tickled pink (OK, or green) by his new decor.
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Looks like a squirrel at first... but this little guy is an acouchi. No matter, they're all Irish today.
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A slender-tailed meerkat was too busy slurping up a treat to worry much about the camera.
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This is not just any run-of-the-mill porcupine. This is a prehensile-tailed porcupine, all right?
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And it's a got a shamrock-shaped arrangement of green beans!
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We love it when animals look utterly dumbfounded.
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