The animals at London Zoo are enjoying a seasonal treat courtesy of their keepers this weekend in the form of their very own Easter egg hunt.

Footage of some of the zoo's cutest inhabitants including meerkats and Bolivian spider monkeys made for gloriously light relief over Easter weekend (April 3-4) after it was uploaded to the zoo's website.

The furry creatures were seen investigating and burrowing in the specially hollowed-out, painted eggs that contained some of their favourite foods.

The zoo said it was a perfect treat after a challenging winter for the animals and ahead of the zoo's reopening on April 12.

"After what has felt like a particularly long winter, Easter is finally approaching and the warm weather is making a comeback - making it the perfect time to put on an egg hunt for the animals to enjoy," explained ZSL’s Animal Manager Angela Ryan.

The squirrel monkeys were particularly keen on hunting for snacks inside their Easter baskets and, while there were plenty of treat-filled eggs to go round, that didn’t stop a few of the meerkats getting protective over their Easter hoard - something that may be familiar to other households this Sunday!"

"It’s looking set to be the kind of spring weekend that our visitors would have loved to spend exploring London Zoo - but sadly our gates will remain closed for what will be our second Easter weekend spent in a national lockdown," she added.

"We’re now looking forward to reopening on Monday 12 April - it’s been a difficult year, but welcoming people back through our doors is a step towards us getting back on our feet and we can't wait to share our 36-acre wildlife haven with visitors once again."

Meerkats Frank, Dracula, Archie, Penelope, Timon, Aurora and Meko, plus the zoo’s mischievous troop of Bolivian black-capped squirrel monkeys were those enjoying the treats.