Halloween came early for animals at this Michigan zoo after they were all given pumpkins
Halloween came early for bears, monkeys and giraffes at one US zoo - after they were all given PUMPKINS to play with. Video show the baffled animals interacting with their seasonal treats at Detroit Zoo in Michigan, US.
While the giraffes ate theirs straight away, a confused bear was snapped licking his pumpkin and the penguins posed with theirs, which were stuffed with fish.
Elizabeth Arbaugh, 53, a mammal curator, said: “Each species is a little different - they all enjoy the pumpkins in different ways.
“The male giraffes really like to eat the pumpkin, so we carved it open and he put his face right inside it.
“The anteaters like to tear them up, while the bears enjoy rolling them around.
“Some of the pumpkins were filled with treats for the animals. There was different kinds of fresh produce inside, like some fish, or leafy greens.
“We’re thrilled to see them enjoying these things.
“All of the animals were stomping on them and tearing them apart - they have a great time.”
The penguins were first to receive the spooky surprise on October 10, with the apes, polar bears, giraffes and snow monkeys at Detroit Zoo next in line.
The zoo organizes its annual ‘smashing pumpkins’ event to encourage creatures large and small to forage and engage with their local environment.
Elizabeth, who has worked at the zoo for 22 years, added: “The zookeepers here are constantly providing the animals with different options and ways to keep active.
“Our highest priority is looking after them.”