1 January 2014
Last updated at 01:25
An animal version of the Twelve Days of Christmas has been created by a group of zoo volunteers
The idea came about after craft workshops - including one for knitting - were set up at Paignton Zoo in Devon to keep their volunteers busy during the "quieter" autumn and winter months.
The 30 volunteers - some of whom had never knitted before - used donated yarn to create the "marvellous menagerie", including "seven meerkats munching".
The first day of Christmas - a peacock in a Christmas tree - was the most challenging and required the joint effort of two knitting volunteers.
The zoo said the level of detail in the knitted animals - including the "eight parrots squawking" - was superb.
In the knitters' version, on the twelfth day of Christmas, "twelve big cats scratching" replace the better known "twelve drummers drumming".
The knitting volunteers took almost a year to complete the "epic" project, which has 78 stuffed figures.
The only humans represented in the alternative Christmas song are the "six keepers keeping".
The Twelve Animal Days of Christmas also features, giraffes, rhinos, monkeys, pigs and zebras.
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