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

PHOTO: A chimpanzee enjoys Halloween seasonal treats at the Detroit Zoo on Oct. 11, 2017.
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Zoo animals are getting into the Halloween spirit by smashing seasonal treats.

PHOTO: A chimpanzee enjoys Halloween seasonal treats at the Detroit Zoo on Oct. 11, 2017.Detroit Zoo
A chimpanzee enjoys Halloween seasonal treats at the Detroit Zoo on Oct. 11, 2017.

PHOTO: A Polar Bear enjoys Halloween seasonal treats at the Detroit Zoo on Oct. 11, 2017.Detroit Zoo
A Polar Bear enjoys Halloween seasonal treats at the Detroit Zoo on Oct. 11, 2017.

From grizzly bears to chimpanzees to anteaters, animals chomped on pumpkins, gourds and cornstalks at the Detroit Zoo Wednesday.

PHOTO: Anteaters enjoys Halloween seasonal treats at the Detroit Zoo on Oct. 11, 2017.
Detroit Zoo
Anteaters enjoys Halloween seasonal treats at the Detroit Zoo on Oct. 11, 2017.

PHOTO: A grizzly bear enjoys Halloween seasonal treats at the Detroit Zoo on Oct. 11, 2017.
Detroit Zoo
A grizzly bear enjoys Halloween seasonal treats at the Detroit Zoo on Oct. 11, 2017.

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

PHOTO: An anteater enjoys Halloween seasonal treats at the Detroit Zoo on Oct. 11, 2017.
Detroit Zoo
An anteater enjoys Halloween seasonal treats at the Detroit Zoo on Oct. 11, 2017.

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.

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."

PHOTO: A western lowland gorilla bit into a pumpkin at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.Todd Rosenberg Photography
A western lowland gorilla bit into a pumpkin at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.

PHOTO: A pied tamarin posed next to a carved pumpkin at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.Todd Rosenberg Photography
A pied tamarin posed next to a carved pumpkin at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.

PHOTO: An eastern black rhino grazed pumpkins at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.Todd Rosenberg Photography
An eastern black rhino grazed pumpkins at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.

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

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