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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)? 

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A coati, a type of aardvark, licks a pumpkin the Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria.
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Open wide: An elephant munches on a pumpkin at the Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria.
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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.
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Boo! An otter stands next to a pumpkin at the Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria.
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Staring contest: A baboon eats away at the Hagenbeck Zoo in Hamburg, Germany.
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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.
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    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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    A baby elephant gets a share of a Halloween treat in a Vienna zoo.

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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