What would you ask Santa for these holidays if you were a moose? Or a bald eagle? Of course we can’t know what our animals are thinking, and we do give them plenty of holiday enrichment treats at Winter Wildland. But we can definitely make some fun guesses based on what they enjoy doing or eating!
Here’s a Northwest Trek wish-list for Santa from some of our animals.
Let’s hope the guy in the red suit comes through…
The holidays are here, and apparently you give gifts on request. Well, here is my request: Peace and quiet. I don’t mean to be a Grinch but we moose are usually solitary animals, and I avoid crowds.
Mostly I try to blend in with the forest, if people are looking for me. It’s not easy when you’re the tallest wild animal species in North America. But that is what I would like for the holidays. Thank you.
So you’re bringing gifts, huh? Right. Here’s what I want – a nice fat frozen rat. Yep. Sounds gross to you humans, but honestly it’s the best dinner ever. Just lay it on my perch, will you?
You might think, since I lost one wing, that I’d like another one. No, sir. I’m doing just fine in my new home here. My name means Spirit Warrior, and I’m a survivor. So just bring the rat, all right?
Guess what we want for the holidays? Snow!! Maybe you thought we were going to say food? Well, of course, we love food. But our keepers give us plenty of that every day.
They sometimes give us frozen treats, but they can’t control the weather.
With our big feet and thick coats, we’re built for winter – so let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!!
Rainier and Ahma
I’m not sure about all this Santa stuff. I’m pretty wary of humans in general, except for my keeper Haley. I also think I could take down any of your little reindeer, so watch out.
But since I’m asking for a gift, just bring me anything I can stalk. I AM a cat, you know.
Meat, bones, balls. Live squirrels. Not kidding.
We’re so excited, the holidays are here! And here’s what we want: fish, fish, fish! Plus anything we can roll into the water and play with. (Fish balls?) Those pumpkins were pretty awesome to roll around last fall!
But fish are best. Yep, fish. Thanks so much!!
Blakeley and Oakley
I don’t ask for much. I’m a slug. I move slowly. Some people get all excited about holiday ornaments and festive food, but me? All I need is what people leave behind. You know, the yucky stuff. Droppings, dead leaves, decaying plants. There’s always plenty of that.
Just make sure you watch your step delivering your presents, and I’ll be fine.
READ MORE: What would a tiger want for the holidays? Read the “Dear Santa” wish list from animals at our sister zoo, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.