Chuseok is the time to indulge in food and
drink. Not only for us humans but also for the animals
we love, like at the Everland Zoo, where the animals are getting some treats of their own
ahead of the holiday. Our Eum Jiyoung has more.
Chuseok will be just like any other day for the critters at South Korea’s Everland Zoo,
but last week, ahead of time, they had a special feast… and plenty of guests to entertain.
A 5-year-old red panda named Lessy is loving the special treatment. He got a traditional
Korean plate called a ‘Gujeol-pan’ full of fruits like bananas, apples and tomatoes.
This bundle of fur, perched in a tree, is in an extra good mood today, greeting his
keeper and the dozens of visitors who ooh and ahh.
“That panda is eating all that delicious fruit. I want to get some for Chuseok too ”
The ring tailed lemurs are also getting some treats.
It’s up to the zookeeper, who’s wearing the traditional Korean ‘Hanbok,’ to make sure
they all get to enjoy the feast. It’s fun for the visitors to watch the animals
find, play with and eat their treats. “We’re doing this to celebrate Chuseok and
have some fun with the animals living here at the zoo. We’ve set up some special ways
to feed them, like the Gujeol-pan and putting bananas in the hay.”
The treats are different for each species. Elephants get bundles of hay decorated with
fruits and vegetables, which they gather around and put their snouts in.
The zoo is located in Yongin, Gyeonggi-do Province, and is home to more than 1,600 animals.
The pre-Chuseok feast has been a pleasure for the animals and zoo-goers alike.
Eum Ji-young Arirang News.