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Caption this: Baboon snacks on peppers

December 6, 2010 |  3:02 pm

Hamadryas baboon hearts peppers

At the Hagenbeck Zoo in Hamburg, Germany, you don't have to be human to celebrate St. Nicholas Day! In an event held Friday, the zoo's animals -- like this hamadryas baboon -- received special treats including peppers, apples and nuts and were given stuffed Santa hats to play with. (St. Nicholas Day is actually Dec. 6, but the animals got a head-start on the festivities.)

Hamadryas baboons are native to the Horn of Africa and parts of the Arabian Peninsula, which makes them the species of baboon with the northernmost habitat. Their home turf once included Egypt as well, and they were revered by ancient Egyptians. The Hagenbeck Zoo has long been known for its "monkey rock" exhibit for hamadryas baboons, which was conceived by the zoo's founder is considered the first installation of its kind in any zoo in the world.

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-- Lindsay Barnett

Photo: Malte Christians / AFP/Getty Images

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