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Oh my gourd! Adorable zoo animals play with Halloween pumpkins

Oct. 30, 2013 at 3:12 PM ET

Sharon Sipple
Sharon Sipple
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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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.
Image: Halloween in the animal garden
From meerkats celebrating Halloween to a very lazy lemur, get your cuteness fix with irresistible photos of creatures great and small.


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