What does an elephant eat on a typical day? Layang-Layang, an elephant at London Zoo, has a good appetite. Her keeper describes what she ate yesterday. "Breakfast consisted of a kilo of dog biscuits mixed with 750g of dried horse food with extra vitamins, hay, bread, bananas, apples, oranges, potatoes, carrots and cabbage. Zoo food is always of a high standard!

"During the morning the daily supply of branches is delivered. Layang-Layang is particularly fond of cherry and apple, so she was given four big bundles. She chewed the twiggy bits and used the rest as toys. Lunch was another kilo of dog biscuits, more bread, vegetables and fruit. Most of this comes from local supermarkets who give us stock that otherwise they would throw away. After lunch she ate more branches. We have to make sure she doesn't run out of these."

Some visitors to the zoo aren't very sensible and feed Layang-Layang unsuitable things. If she swallows paper and plastic, her stomach hurts.

"Supper was another kilo of dog biscuits, 750g of dried horse food, 350g of linseed oil (to maintain healthy skin and hair) and 500g of vitamin E. Layang-Layang eats a lot but she never puts on weight. If she feels like a snack during the night, Layang-Layang has some hay and more branches."


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