Oakland Zoo Gobbles Leftover Pumpkins

Zoo animals get a Halloween feast a few days late.

By Erika Okano
|  Thursday, Nov 17, 2011  |  Updated 9:01 AM PDT
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Leftover pumpkins from Bay Area businesses are making their way into animal bellies at the Oakland Zoo.

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Halloween may be over, but those pumpkins are not going to waste.

Bay area businesses have donated their leftover pumpkins to the Oakland Zoo.

Over the next few weeks, the elephants, tigers, sun bears and baboons will chow down on the pumpkins.

"Pumpkins are a great seasonal enrichment for all of the animals at the Oakland Zoo," said Colleen Kinzley, Director of Animal Care, Conservation, and Research.

"Many of the animals such as elephants, chimpanzees, baboons, goats, parrots and camels enjoy eating and playing with the pumpkins. In the case of others like the tigers, bears, otters and meerkats, we use the pumpkins as feeding devices by caving holes into the pumpkins and hiding treats inside; bears may tear them open while meerkats might burrow inside."

The feast starts this morning and will last for the next few weeks.

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