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Arnold Schwarzenegger's grandchildren eat his animal snacks

Arnold Schwarzenegger's grandchildren love hanging out with his animals credit:Bang Showbiz
Arnold Schwarzenegger's grandchildren love hanging out with his animals credit:Bang Showbiz

Arnold Schwarzenegger feeds his grandchildren the same snacks as his animals.

The 76-year-old actor starts his mornings dishing out homemade breakfast cookies to his dogs, ponies and pig - and if daughter Katherine Schwarzenegger is there with daughters Lyla, three, and 20-month-old Eloise, the little girls stand in line amongst the menagerie.

Appearing on 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon', Arnold said: "It's just fantastic, those animals. The pig is a new addition - we had for almost a year - and the pig is really fun. He loves to eat.

"It took a while for them to get along but they all come into the kitchen and I feed them every morning, I have a routine, I get up at 5.30 in the morning and I feed them for one hour.

"Breakfast is oatmeal cookies that we put together that are made out of honey and out of bananas and oatmeal.

"They were made for the horses basically, for Lulu and for Whiskey. But I realised that the dogs also love them....and then I found out that the pig also loves them. But the pig loves everything. The pig will eat stones.

"All of them love it, so when Katherine comes over with my grandchildren, they then stand in line so then I give a cookie to Lulu, to Dutch, I give a cookie to Schnitzel [the dogs], I give a cookie to Schnelly, the pig, and the two girls stand there like this [with their mouths open] so I put one little cookie in their mouths, and as soon as they go outside they say, 'Opa, can we have more cookies?' "

The 'Terminator' star's young granddaughters - whose father is actor Chris Pratt - love spending time with his animals - but they don't want to get involved with some of the messier aspects of their care.

He laughed: "They're fantastic, they're coming over all the time. Katherine and Chris, her husband, come to the house at least once a week and play with the animals with them, they have a great time - I put them on the back of the miniature donkey. One of them wanted to ride the pig and I said, 'No,no, no, you can't ride the pig.'

"The only thing is they're a little spoiled. When I took them to the stall and asked them to help me shovel the manure, they said no.

"Chris right away said, 'No, no, they are not brought up to do that.' "