Zoo animals get in the Halloween spirit smashing pumpkins and more

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Zoo animals are getting into the Halloween spirit by smashing seasonal treats.

Detroit ZooA chimpanzee enjoys Halloween seasonal treats at the Detroit Zoo on Oct. 11, 2017.

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

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

Detroit ZooAnteaters enjoys Halloween seasonal treats at the Detroit Zoo on Oct. 11, 2017.

Detroit ZooA 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.

Detroit ZooAn 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.”

Todd Rosenberg PhotographyA western lowland gorilla bit into a pumpkin at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.

Todd Rosenberg PhotographyA pied tamarin posed next to a carved pumpkin at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.

Todd Rosenberg PhotographyAn 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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