Meat Barrel Surprise
Best for large carnivores, but size can be modified for smaller carnivores
Why We Like It
We love this food-based cognitive enrichment because it's more challenging than the traditional carcass feeding. The hanging barrel hides the meat and the holes in the barrel allow the animal to smell and see part of the carcass. The animal has to figure out how to access the carcass from the opening at the bottom of the barrel.
Method for drilling holes in barrel
Carcass or piece of meat
Method for securing chain to enclosure
How to Make It
Drill various holes in the barrel. Ensure that there are two holes on opposite sides of the barrel towards the bottom.
Thread the chain through one of the holes towards the bottom
Secure the carcass onto the chain
Thread the chain through the opposite hole on the bottom of the barrel
Secure both ends of the chain to the enclosure
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