Boo at the Zoo
While it is an essentially human (ultra human!!) event, animals are getting their fair share of the fun in this Halloween.
The North Carolina zoo is holding its annual “Pachydem Pumpkin Pounding” on Halloween. The zoo animals are being given a chance to participate in the long standing tradition of Halloween mischief- pumpkin smashing. The animals like elephants, gorillas and chimpanzees will be allowed to crush, pound and play with pumpkins…and the kids will be so excited to see that!!. The zoo says it will provide mental and physical stimulation to the animals and is thus a part of their animal enrichment program.
At the Battersea Zoo, you can follow the spooky Halloween trail and you will get a prize at the end of the day. Children coming with witches and wizards also get free cookies. They have to find out which enclosures have pumpkins and fill out a questionnaire as they do.The zookeeper says that children have been coming all day dressed in all sorts of costumes.They are enjoying the sight of snakes ,mice and cheeky meercats playing with large pumpkins.
At the Jackson Zoo, animals are getting special pumpkin treats. The zookeeper said they carved the pumpkins and filled them with lettuce, hotdog buns and peanut butter,etc. Tigers gobbling up Halloween pumpkins is really an exciting sight for visitors of all ages.
The animals are being given chance to do something different from their daily routine in the cage.They are thrown pumpkins,they rolled them down the hills, smashed and devoured them.
Among the leopards, chimps and elephants, the leopards, however, aren’t as quick to bite into their pumpkins. They rather prefer to play with them.
At the Mesker park Zoo, Evansville they have renovated their nocturnal exhibit to celebrate Boo at the Zoo. Visitors will trick or treat throughout the zoo visiting more than a dozen candy stations, plus enjoy craft activities, a giant inflatable, a Mad Scientist, murals, face painting, creepy critters, games and of course, the Amazing Magician Don Baggett!
Happy Halloween animals!!