The Christmas spirit is spreading like a fever throughout the British Isles. No living creature?
SV AND BACK VIEW Santa arrives on donkey and walks into Chessington Zoo (2 shots)
SV AND CU Santa feeds giraffes (2 shots)
SV AND CU Santa feeds camel (2 shots)
SV AND CU Santa feeds elephant (3 shots)
SV AND CU Santa feeds sealions (5 shots)
LV AND CU Santa feeds penguins and pelicans (5 shots)
CU Disgruntled penguin waddles off
SV Santa waving from model train
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Background: The Christmas spirit is spreading like a fever throughout the British Isles. No living creature has been spared.
SYNOPSIS: Santa Claus left his reindeer at home when he rode into Chessington Zoo in Surrey this week to spread a bit of Christian charity. He brought with him the one thing that animals can't get too much of -- food. The Chessington Zoo is not too far from the primatial kingdom of London.
That tallest of all animals, the African ruminant giraffe, was first to be given some goodies. Strictly vegetarian fare, of course.
The noble camel came next. "One hump or two?" asked Santa proffering some sugar.
The elephant, was waiting impatiently for his Christmas treat. But he did think crossly that the peculiar man in red might have given him more than morsels, he being the biggest animal. Still, even elephants have to tighten their belts until the economy improves. "I'll bring you a trunkful next year," Santa promised.
"Fish, fish, fish," insisted the sealions. "Forget the Christmas greetings," they hissed, "just hand over the fish." Santa Claus, living up to his reputation as a reasonable sort of human being, obliged.
The penguins and pelicans were next in line. Of course penguins and Santa Claus are poles apart, as everyone knows. But then with Christmas on the horizon anything goes.
Well, almost anything.
All good things come to an end and Santa soon had to leave. After all he has 55 million human animals to satisfy in the next week.
Human animals like good things to eat at Christmas too. And at least one inhabitant at Chessington kept well away from the action. He's planning to hibernate until New Year...just in case.