Published: 20th December 2012
Longleat Safari Park has found itself overwhelmed with socks after appealing for old footwear to help keep a family of chipmunks cosy during the winter months.
In fact, the Wiltshire attraction's sock mountain is now so big that they have had to request people stop sending in donations.
Keeper Darren Beasley told Heart radio station: "We made an appeal just over a month ago asking for old socks but we weren't quite prepared for the huge number of socks the public have provided us with.
"It's an amazing gesture and we could hardly believe our eyes when each new package arrived in the post! We definitely have more than enough now so we'd kindly request no more are sent in."
He added that the zoo is looking for other uses for some of the excess socks that have been sent.
If you receive some new socks for Christmas, don't simply throw old pairs away, a number of charities ask for sock donation each year to help homeless people and animals keep warm during the harsh winter months.
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