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Detroit Zoo animals treated to a 'smashing' good treat for Halloween

Animals of discerning taste at the Detroit Zoo were given quite a Halloween treat in the form of goody-filled pumpkins. (Photo: Jennie Miller/Detroit Zoo)

DETROIT – Animals of discerning taste at the Detroit Zoo were given quite a Halloween treat on Wednesday: Smashing pumpkins!

Not to be confused with the 90’s band of the same name, this event featured animals being given pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks and other ‘harvest goodies’ for the holiday season.

Some of the animals received treat-filled pumpkins which encouraged them to smash them open for the prize, while other animals simply received some seasonal delicacies.

The zoo explains event such as this are done year round to ensure ever-changing and complex environments for the animals.

Special food items will routinely be hidden within the animals’ habitats throughout the year to encourage their natural foraging or hunting/stalking behaviors.

“Around Halloween, seasonal fare from local Michigan producers gives this activity a special appeal for both Zoo visitors and the animals,” said Scott Carter, Detroit Zoo chief life sciences officer.

Animals receiving a special harvest gift included chimpanzees, polar bears, vultures, wolves, anteaters, camels, otters and a wolverine.

Each feeding was done at a different time to give visitors a chance to watch all the fun.

The next chance to see the special Halloween pumpkin feeding will be Saturday, October 26.

More details can be found here.


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