Cats are intelligent, agile and resourceful. So Simon‘s cat will help to prepare the christmas tree.
Stuttgart's Wilhelma Zoo is using surplus pine trees to feed its elephants and other herbivores after Christmas. The trees are "not much of a treat," but breaking them down is fun for the elephants, officials say.
By this stage in December, it might seem like everything there is to be said about Christmas has in fact, been said. But Tamsin Walker has a few words on the seasonal role of Jona Lewie and ice skating in Berlin.
The trees may soon have to give way to a coal mine expansion. But activists are building tree houses and blocking roads. DW spent three days in the ancient forest with them.
One prison in eastern Germany has invited visitors to get their fix of festive cheer in an environment otherwise known for anything but. DW's Kate Brady reports from the Saxon town of Zeithain.
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