The early emergence of cicadas in Illinois provided animals at the Brookfield Zoo a rare treat.
Officials at the zoo west of Chicago said the red-eyed cicadas make for a nutritious snack that’s high in protein and low in fat.
Animal care staff this week provided cicadas to white-throated monitor lizards, meerkats, golden-lion tamarins and the owl-like tawny frogmouth. Sloth bears also got a share, frozen in ice.
Brookfield Zoo officials say some of the animals were shy about approaching the cicadas and watched the insects before eating them.