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Chester elephants get trunk call
The elephants at the zoo
The tonnes of bushes will feed the elephants for three weeks
The elephants in Chester Zoo were given a trunk call after the highways agency were left with 200m of hawthorn bushes after a road clearance.

Engineers from the Deeside Park improvement scheme did not know what to do with the bushes cleared from the site - but the zoo came up trumps.

Hawthorn is a favourite food for the elephants and with a 10-strong hungry herd, the keepers were keen to take it.

The contractors, who were looking for a green solution, were happy to oblige.

The tonnes of bush cleared by the multi-million project will feed the elephants from the zoo for three weeks.

The animal food bill at the zoo is more than 200,000 per year.

Adult elephants can also eat up to 250kg (551lbs) each per day, and have a diet of hay, branches and fruit.

Chester Zoo has been successfully breeding Asian elephants since 1977, when the first born in the UK was born at the zoo.

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