Humans aren't the only ones who enjoy a seasonal treat. California's Oakland Zoo has partnered with local pumpkin patches to take Halloween leftovers off their hands and put them into the paws, claws and beaks of some of zoo residents.
“We are thrilled to receive these pumpkin donations each year,” said Colleen Kinzley, Director of Animal Care, Conservation, and Research at the zoo. “Animals such as elephants, chimpanzees, baboons, goats, and camels enjoy eating and playing with the pumpkins. In the case of others like the lions, bats, geese, and meerkats, we use the pumpkins as feeding devices by carving holes into the pumpkins and hiding treats inside.”
See photos of Oakland Zoo animals indulging in the jack-o-lanterns below:
Sun bear enjoying her pumpkin and candy corn treat made of jello.
Coati investigating special treats inside pumpkin.
Lisa the elephant enjoys a pumpkin while in her pool