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Columbus Zoo lions chow down on Thanksgiving dinner, dessert

The Columbus Zoo set the dinner table with turkey and all the trimmings, but it wasn't for people.  It was for its pride of lions. (WSYX/WTTE)

The Columbus Zoo set the dinner table with turkey and all the trimmings, but it wasn't for people. "Once they realize what's over there and they see what's on that table you're probably going to see a free for all," says Adam Felts, Curator of the Africa Exhibit.

The African lions chowed down on a meal that was streamed live on Facebook to thousands of people as part of a live promo for NatGeo Wild's new show, Savage Kingdom Uprising. "This is the first Facebook stunt that we've done of this magnitude so we're just thankful to do it at such a great place like the Columbus Zoo and we hope that a ton of people watched," says Joey Schaefer, Associate Manager of Social Media for NatGeo Wild.

The lions feasted on stuffing made from cat food and mashed potatoes made from cauliflower. They also had pumpkin pie for dessert, made from puréed pumpkin, cat food crust, and puréed Whiting fish whipped cream. "We have a great animal nutrition center that really, they're just geniuses and just creative and they were able to create this beautiful setting to actually look like a Thanksgiving meal," adds Felts.

The zoo says they're thankful to have been asked to serve such a special meal. "We are all out for the same goal in mind and that's conservation of African lions and other species so to actually have them call us it was pretty humbling and something we've really enjoyed putting together with them."

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