Shrove Tuesday treat for racoons

Zoo Manager, Sue Woodgate serves up pancakes to Woody the racoon at Drusillas Park
Zoo Manager, Sue Woodgate serves up pancakes to Woody the racoon at Drusillas Park

PANCAKES were the dish of the day for the racoon troop at Drusillas as zookeepers served up a tasty feast of customary fare to mark the Shrove Tuesday tradition.

Tossing aside the conventional recipe, the savoury style crepes were created from a mix of baby rice, mashed banana, apple and pear.

Zoo manager Sue Woodgate then presented the pancakes to the hungry mob in a frying pan which the racoons tucked into, clearing the platter clean.

Sue said, “Our racoon family really enjoyed their unusual breakfast.

“Woody the male, as usual, was first to be brave enough to try the tasty teat, quickly followed by Jemima, Turpin and Bandit.

“Delivering the animals’ meals in imaginative and unusual ways is part of the zoo’s enrichment programme.

“Enrichment is carried out within all the enclosures on a daily basis to help ensure the animals receive a diverse and varied diet, as well as remain stimulated and content within their surroundings.

“It is great fun working with animals like the racoons, who are always inquisitive and like trying new things.

“Although not an endangered species, racoons are charismatic creatures that are very popular with our visitors.”

Pictured: Zoo manager Sue Woodgate serves up pancakes to Woody the racoon at Drusillas Park