Detroit Zoo animals smash pumpkins in annual event

Detroit Zoo animals will have a smashing good time on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, when they receive pumpkins filled with tasty treats to eat, play with, roll around in, tear apart and smash. 

Each year around Halloween, the Detroit Zoo's staff provide the animals with seasonal munchies including pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks and other fall harvest goodies as part of its comprehensive program of ensuring environments for animals that are ever-changing and appropriately complex. 

All year round, food items are hidden throughout the animals' habitats or prepared and placed in order to stimulate natural behaviors such as foraging or stalking.

"Around Halloween, seasonal fare from local Michigan producers gives this activity a special appeal for both Zoo visitors and the animals," said Scott Carter, Detroit Zoological Society chief life sciences officer.