Berlin elephants feast on Christmas trees

The Berlin Zoo treated its elephants and some of its other animals to the donated pine trees

for lunch Jan. 4. Before gobbling the greenery, elephants young and old

played with the trees, whose strong smell attracts them.

An elephant eats a Christmas tree at the Berlin Zoo at the launch of the annual feeding of Christmas trees in Berlin, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. Keeper Dr. Ragnar Kuehne told reporters that today was the first day the elephants and some other zoo animals were fed with Christmas trees after the holiday period. The trees have not been used and were not sold, they were donated by the vendors in the area. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

An elephant eats a Christmas tree at the Berlin Zoo at the launch of the annual feeding of Christmas trees in Berlin, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. Keeper Dr. Ragnar Kuehne told reporters that today was the first day the elephants and some other zoo animals were fed with Christmas trees after the holiday period. The trees have not been used and were not sold, they were donated by the vendors in the area. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Ellephants eat christmas trees at the Berlin Zoo at the launch of the annual feeding of Christmas trees in Berlin, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. Keeper Dr. Ragnar Kuehne told reporters that today was the first day they when the elephants and some other zoo animals are fed Christmas trees after the holiday period. The trees have not been used and were not sold, they donated by the vendors in the area. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Ellephants eat christmas trees at the Berlin Zoo at the launch of the annual feeding of Christmas trees in Berlin, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. Keeper Dr. Ragnar Kuehne told reporters that today was the first day they when the elephants and some other zoo animals are fed Christmas trees after the holiday period. The trees have not been used and were not sold, they donated by the vendors in the area. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Berlin elephants

An Elephant munchs on Christmas trees in her enclosure at Berlin's Zoologischer Garten zoo on January 4, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Traditionally, the animals get in the first week of the year leftover Christmas trees. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Berlin elephants

An Elephant munchs on Christmas trees in her enclosure at Berlin's Zoologischer Garten zoo on January 4, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Traditionally, the animals get in the first week of the year leftover Christmas trees. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Berlin elephants

Elephants munch on Christmas trees in their enclosure at Berlin's Zoologischer Garten zoo on January 4, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. Traditionally, the animals get in the first week of the year leftover Christmas trees. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

An elephant holds a christmas tree at the Berlin Zoo at the launch of the annual feeding of christmas trees in Berlin, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. Keeper Dr. Ragnar Kuehne told reporters that today was the first day they when the elephants and some other zoo animals are fed Christmas trees after the holiday period. The trees have not been used and were not sold, they were donated by the vendors in the area. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

An elephant holds a christmas tree at the Berlin Zoo at the launch of the annual feeding of christmas trees in Berlin, Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. Keeper Dr. Ragnar Kuehne told reporters that today was the first day they when the elephants and some other zoo animals are fed Christmas trees after the holiday period. The trees have not been used and were not sold, they were donated by the vendors in the area. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)