A troop of apes has been caught on camera in a festive flurry of excitement as Christmas approaches.

In a classic clip, gorillas filmed at a British wildlife park, are seen getting in the festive mood, decorating a tree with an array of festive treats.

The mischievous primates were seen bouncing around their grassy enclosure, covering several trees with fruit and vegetable baubles and taking the occasional bite.

The hairy apes were captured excitedly decorating Christmas trees

Peaches, apples, peppers, and carrots were left hanging on Christmas trees for the animals to pull from the branches and munch.

The animals then appear to share in the magic of Christmas by looking on in wonder at their handiwork, in the throwback clip from December 2017.

Located in Hythe, Kent, Port Lympne Safari Park is home to 17 Western lowland gorillas.

A key attraction is the Palace of the Apes area, which houses a family group of 12, including a silverback, eight adult females and three young males.

The animals honed their decorating skills while getting into a festive mood

The park also has five bachelor males.

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Their exploits are documented throughout the year on social media as keepers mark different national holidays throughout the year to help keep the animals mentally stimulated.