Elephants Take Smashing Pumpkins to Whole New (and Literal) Level

Asian elephants at Oregon Zoo in Portland, Oregon, got into the spooky spirit on Friday, October 23.

Video shared by the zoo shows two elephants demolishing pumpkins during Oregon Zoo’s 22nd annual event Squishing of the Squash. The event is forerunner to the zoo’s annual Howloween celebration.

“With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting our ability to gather in large groups, we couldn’t invite visitors this year, but we couldn’t let the elephants miss out on the fun,” said Bob Lee, who oversees the zoo elephant area. “Our elephant family got one 800-pound pumpkin and another 600-pound one to stomp on, munch on and play with." Credit: Oregon Zoo via Storyful