Oh my gourd! Adorable zoo animals play with Halloween pumpkins

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A snow leopard at the Philadelphia Zoo sinks his teeth into a pumpkin during the annual Beast Feast celebration.

Animals may not be into the whole pumpkin carving thing, but that doesn't stop them from enjoying a festive gourd or two around Halloween. And by enjoy, we definitely mean eat (something us humans like to do too). 

With the spooky holiday just a day away, get into the spirit with a few photos of animals going pumpkin-crazy at zoos around the world this past week. Because who can resist the Halloween staple (or the animals amused by it)? 

epa03927781 An undated handout photograph made available by Schoenbrunn Zoo on 28 October 2013 shows a coati licking a pumpkin ahead of Halloween at S... DANIEL ZUP / SCHOENBRUNN / HANDO / EPA
A coati, a type of aardvark, licks a pumpkin the Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria.
epa03927784 An undated handout photograph made available by Schoenbrunn Zoo on 28 October 2013 shows a elephant eating a pumpkin ahead of Halloween at... DANIEL ZUP / SCHOENBRUNN / HANDO / EPA
Open wide: An elephant munches on a pumpkin at the Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria.
Meerkats inspect a pumpkin carved in Halloween design and filled with flour worms and straw on September 24, 2013 at the zoo in Leipzig, eastern Germa... WALTRAUD GRUBITZSCH / AFP - Getty Images
Meerkats inspect a pumpkin carved and filled with flour worms and straw at the zoo in Leipzig, Germany. The animals' enclosure is decorated with pumpkins for the Halloween holiday.
epa03927782 An undated handout photograph made available by Schoenbrunn Zoo on 28 October 2013 shows an otter standing next to a pumpkin ahead of Hall... DANIEL ZUP / SCHOENBRUNN / HANDO / EPA
Boo! An otter stands next to a pumpkin at the Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria.
epa03928828 A baboon eats a Halloween pumpkin during a photocall at the Hagenbeck Zoo in Hamburg, Germany, 29 October 2013. Halloween is celebrated on... CHRISTIAN CHARISIUS / EPA
Staring contest: A baboon eats away at the Hagenbeck Zoo in Hamburg, Germany.
Jomo, a silverback gorilla, climbs to get to a Halloween pumpkin, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at the Cincinnati Zoo in Cincinnati. The gorillas were enjoy... Al Behrman / AP
Jomo, a silverback gorilla, climbs to get to a Halloween pumpkin at the Cincinnati Zoo. The gorillas were enjoying the zoo's annual pumpkin hunt where they fill pumpkins with treats such as granola, raisins, sunflower seeds, peanuts, grapes, popcorn and apples.
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    As lick would have it -

    A coati licks a pumpkin during Halloween celebrations at the Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria, in this photo released Oct. 28.

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    Meerkats get in the Halloween spirit as they play with a carved pumpkin at the Schoenbrunn TheZoo in Vienna.

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    Pass the pumpkin please -

    A baby elephant gets a share of a Halloween treat in a Vienna zoo.

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    Treat... or trick? -

    A tiger appears suspicious as he sniffs a carved pumpkin at the Schoenbrunn Zoo.

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    Orang is the new orange -

    An orangutan stands next to carved pumpkins as Halloween comes to Vienna's Schoenbrunn Zoo.

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    Pumpkin eater -

    An elephant eats a pumpkin during Halloween celebrations at the Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna.



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    The buck stops here -

    A stag deer forages for food at the National Trust's Dunham Massey Park on Oct. 24 in Altrincham, United Kingdom.

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    Her little dog, too -

    A pet owner and her dog go as characters from "The Wizard of Oz" at the 23rd Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade on Oct. 26 in New York City.

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    May the woof be with you -

    Dogs and a baby dressed as characters from "Star Wars" attend the 23rd Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade.

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    Rockabye baboon -

    A baboon, holding its baby, tastes a pumpkin on Oct. 29 at the Hagenbeck Zoo in Hamburg, Germany.

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    Cat eyes -

    A cat is pictured on Oct. 26 during a cat exhibition in Moscow.

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    This one's mine -

    Grisha, a 7-year-old raven sits on a carved pumpkin during Halloween celebrations at the zoo in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Oct. 26.

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    Flower power -

    A bumblebee sits on a flower on Oct. 25 in Nochten,Germany.

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    Neck-to-neck -

    A giraffe greets visitors on Oct. 25 at the zoo in Duisburg, Germany.

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    Horsing around -

    A six-weeks-old African wild foal looks around at the Zoological Center of Tel Aviv-Ramat Gan, on Oct. 4.

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    Seeing double -

    A squirrel monkey looks in a mirror at the London Zoo on Oct. 4.

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    Birds of a feather -

    Geese walk on a field in Essen, Germany on Oct. 24.

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    Little stripey -

    A newborn baby zebra named Seka rests at the Belgrade Zoo in Serbia on Oct. 24.

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    Lazy lemur -

    A ruffed lemur is pictured in his enclosure at the zoo in Wroclaw, Poland on Oct. 24.

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    Hiss-terical -

    A python lays on the bed at Bali Heritage Reflexology and Spa on Oct. 27 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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