December 20, 2021

Santa Brought Gifts to the Animals at the Cincinnati Zoo, Including Clothes for the Naked Mole-Rats

The Cincinnati Zoo’s animals were surprised by some gifts from Santa.

On his way up to the North Pole to start prepping for the big night, Santa knew he had to bring the animals something. He gave the hippos, red pandas and meerkats treats and “holiday-themed enrichment,” and gifted tiny clothes to the naked mole-rats.

“It was so thoughtful of Santa to bring clothes to the naked mole rats, but they don’t actually need any help to keep warm,” said Cincinnati Zoo’s World of the Insect team leader Mandy Pritchard. “Their habitat is kept nice and toasty since they come from the deserts of east Africa. If they do get a little chilly, they prefer to cuddle together in big piles.”

The zoo has tons of festive celebrations this holiday season and for the fourth year in a row, the Cincinnati Zoo’s Festival of Lights has been voted the No. 1 zoo light display in the country by USA Today. Santa will be visiting with guests at the zoo until Dec. 23, so catch him before he's gone.  

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Santa Stopped by the Cincinnati Zoo, Bringing Gifts for the Animals
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Santa Stopped by the Cincinnati Zoo, Bringing Gifts for the Animals
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Santa brought the zoo's mole-rats some tiny sweaters.
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Santa brought the zoo's mole-rats some tiny sweaters.
Santa Stopped by the Cincinnati Zoo, Bringing Gifts for the Animals
Provided by Cincinnati Zoo
Santa Stopped by the Cincinnati Zoo, Bringing Gifts for the Animals
Provided by Cincinnati Zoo
Santa Stopped by the Cincinnati Zoo, Bringing Gifts for the Animals
Provided by Cincinnati Zoo
Santa Stopped by the Cincinnati Zoo, Bringing Gifts for the Animals
Provided by Cincinnati Zoo
Santa Stopped by the Cincinnati Zoo, Bringing Gifts for the Animals
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Santa Stopped by the Cincinnati Zoo, Bringing Gifts for the Animals
Provided by Cincinnati Zoo
Santa Stopped by the Cincinnati Zoo, Bringing Gifts for the Animals
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