While treat-or-treating isn’t in the cards for the animals at the Brookfield Zoo in Brookfield, Illinois, many still enjoyed seasonal Halloween pumpkin enrichment treats.
Footage from the zoo shows assorted animals enjoying their gourd snacks. According to the zoo, the animals included Hani and Kartik, the zoo’s two sloth bears; 4-year-old African lions Brutus and Titus; Ahava, a 5-month-old snow leopard cub; as well as a binturong (bearcat) and a tamandua (anteater).
The zoo reported some of the pumpkins were “carved and filled with other food items such as fruit, bones, bugs, spices, or meat,” depending on the species being given the fruit.
“As part of the Chicago Zoological Society’s Center for the Science of Animal Care and Welfare, staff are always thinking of ways to physically and mentally stimulate the animals,” wrote the zoo in a press release. “One way is by providing them with enrichment items they normally do not receive on a regular basis, including pumpkins.” Credit: Brookfield Zoo via Storyful