“The Barbary apes immediately pounced on the peppers and fetched the nuts wrapped as gifts from the tree, a welcome change for our animals,” said zookeeper Marko Ascher.
The tree itself did not remain undiscovered for long. “The cleared fir was then a treat for the mane jumpers,” said Ascher. The animals, also known as the mane sheep, live in a shared apartment with the Berber monkeys. The mane jumpers first ate the young shoots, so that ultimately nothing was left of the tree.