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Meerkats at Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve, near Hythe, enjoy Easter themed treats

By Sam Williams

Chocolate eggs at Easter aren't for everyone.

Instead, the inhabitants at two Kent wild animals parks have been tucking into some alternative 'treats'.

Meerkats at Port Lympne animal park, near Hythe, enjoyed their favourite delicacy of mealworms, hidden inside papier mâché eggs.

WATCH: Port Lympne's meerkats enjoy Easter treats

The mob were provided with the basked of Easter Eggs as as part of their daily enrichment routine.

And they wasted no time tearing the eggs apart to get to the tasty worms.

Similarly the ring-tailed lemurs at Howletts, near Canterbury, got to grips with decorated eggs packed with fruity treats.

The meerkat mob enjoyed their Easter treats (8619106)
The meerkat mob enjoyed their Easter treats (8619106)
While the ring-tailed lemurs tucked into fruity treats (8619108)
While the ring-tailed lemurs tucked into fruity treats (8619108)

Enrichment is important for the animals because it provides both mental and physical stimulation.

Simon Jeffery, animal director at Port Lympne said: "This was a really fun way to provide vital enrichment for our animals at Port Lympne and Howletts.

"It’s a vital component in their daily care, helping to stimulate health, activity and a variety of animals’ senses."

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