Animals play an important role in Christmas celebrations, symbolizing the festival's age-old norms and traditions. Christmas is when people practice kindness toward animals, such as sharing the holiday meal with them. Read on to know more about the animals associated with the joyous festival of Christmas.

On the first day of Christmas, the zoo had one lion - A lion is iconic at the zoo; it’s a frequent visitor. They are also known as the king of the jungle and can kill over 20,000 animals per year.

On the second day of Christmas, the zoo had two sea lions - A sea lion is not a seal; instead, it’s a sea-dwelling mammal of the family Phocidae and not closely related to any other seals or walruses. They feed on fish and squid.

Two Sealions

On the third day of Christmas, the zoo had three pigs - Pigs are domesticated, semi-domesticated, and feral swine. They live in a territory and have a defined home range.

Three Pigs

On the fourth day of Christmas, the zoo had four cheetahs - A cheetah is a big cat and the fastest land animal and can accelerate from 0 to 97 kilometers per hour (60 mph) in just three seconds.

On the fifth day of Christmas, the zoo had five giraffes - A giraffe is a mammal of the family Giraffidae, which comprises only one extant species. It lives in Southern and Eastern Africa and can weigh up to 1,600 kilograms (3,500 lb).

Five Giraffes

On the sixth day of Christmas, the zoo had six meerkats - A meerkat is a small, long-tailed, carnivorous mammal native to Southern Africa. Meerkat comes from the Afrikaans word (Meerkat), which translates as “little mongoose”.

On the seventh day of Christmas, the zoo had seven monkeys- A monkey is about 230 species, either ground-dwelling (subfamily Cercopithecinae) or arboreal (subfamily Homininae), that make up the order Primates.

Seven Monkeys

On the eighth day of Christmas, the zoo had eight foxes - A fox is a medium-sized mammal of the genus Vulpes, containing 11 extant species. They are found on every continent except Antarctica.

On the ninth day of Christmas, the zoo had nine reindeer, and they were looking for Santa - A reindeer is any of the four species of deer found in the genus Rangifer within the subfamily Cervinae. 

Santa and Nine Reindeer

On the tenth day of Christmas, the zoo had ten Otters- An otter is a carnivorous mammal living primarily in water and belonging to the subfamily Lutrinae in the family Mustelidae.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, the zoo had eleven Flamingos - Flamingos are a family of wading birds of the genus Phoenicopterus. They thrive in shallow lakes and lagoons around the coast of Africa, South America, and India.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, the zoo had twelve penguins - Penguins are a group of aquatic, flightless birds. Highly adapted for living in the water, they have webbed feet and a stiff walk. They live all over Antarctica and the southern oceans.

Merry Christmas From Photographs By Steven

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