DETROIT & CHICAGO (ABC) — Halloween is not just for humans.
Zoo animals are getting into the Halloween spirit by smashing seasonal treats.
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From grizzly bears to chimpanzees to anteaters, animals chomped on pumpkins, gourds and cornstalks at the Detroit Zoo Wednesday.
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The animals enjoyed a farm-to-table smorgasbord of treats from local Michigan producers, according to the zoo.
The event is also environmentally-friendly as the pumpkins are recycled from the “Zoo Boo” event held every weekend in October, a zoo spokeswoman told ABC News.
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In Chicago, a rhinoceros, gorilla and mongoose were among the animals that got to enjoy smashing pumpkins this week. The activity was part of what Lincoln Park Zoo officials call “pumpkin enrichment.”
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“Enrichment encourages natural behaviors, stimulates the senses, activates the mind, works muscles and engages animals socially,” the zoo explained.