Zoo animals get in the Halloween spirit by smashing pumpkins, gourds

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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A chimpanzee enjoys Halloween seasonal treats at the Detroit Zoo on Oct. 11, 2017. (Photo courtesy: Detroit Zoo via ABC News)
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A Polar Bear enjoys Halloween seasonal treats at the Detroit Zoo on Oct. 11, 2017. (Photo courtesy: Detroit Zoo via ABC News)

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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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Anteaters enjoys Halloween seasonal treats at the Detroit Zoo on Oct. 11, 2017.. (Photo courtesy: Detroit Zoo via ABC News)
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A grizzly bear enjoys Halloween seasonal treats at the Detroit Zoo on Oct. 11, 2017. (Photo courtesy: Detroit Zoo via ABC News)

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The animals enjoyed a farm-to-table smorgasbord of treats from local Michigan producers, according to the zoo.

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An anteater enjoys Halloween seasonal treats at the Detroit Zoo on Oct. 11, 2017. (Photo courtesy: Detroit Zoo via ABC News)

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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A western lowland gorilla bit into a pumpkin at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. (Photo courtesy: Todd Rosenberg Photography via ABC News)
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A pied tamarin posed next to a carved pumpkin at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. (Photo courtesy: Todd Rosenberg Photography via ABC News)
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An eastern black rhino grazed pumpkins at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. (Photo courtesy: Todd Rosenberg Photography via ABC News)

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“Enrichment encourages natural behaviors, stimulates the senses, activates the mind, works muscles and engages animals socially,” the zoo explained.

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