Tian Tian the panda got an early festive treat on Dec. 17 to kick off the start of the holiday season.
The special panda cake was shaped into a Christmas tree covered with honey, and she immediately went for the star on top.
The female panda and her partner Yang Guang have been based at Edinburgh Zoo since 2011 as part of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s 10-year giant panda partnership with China.
Keeper Alison Maclean oversees their diet, and apparently the cake is one of their favorite foods, which Alison personally bakes from scratch using a secret recipe that’s full of supplements and proteins.
“Christmas is a perfect opportunity for us to get creative with the food and enrichment which we give to the animals living at Edinburgh Zoo,” she said via the zoo’s website.
It’s a common misconception that giant pandas are vegetarians and only eat bamboo, however they are classed as herbivorous carnivores.
She added: “Pandas may be known for lazing about and munching their way through forests of bamboo which makes up a mighty 99% of their diet, however they also hunt and catch small rodents as the last 1% of their diet. We feed Tian Tian and Yang Guang panda cake to supplement this protein.”