Animals at Brookfield Zoo receive pumpkins

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Several animals at Brookfield  Zoo, including Obesa, a 29-year-old pygmy hippo, received pumpkins. She appears to be enjoying the Halloween treat. Photo by Kelly Tone/Chicago Zoological Society

On Friday, several of the animals at Brookfield Zoo received pumpkins.

Animal care staff carved some of the of the pumpkins and filled them with additional food items.

Animals will also be receiving pumpkins over the next two weekends during Brookfield Zoo’s Boo! at the Zoo Halloween celebration, which takes place Saturdays and Sundays, October 21-22 and 28-29, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

As part of the Chicago Zoological Society’s Center for the Science of Animal Welfare, staff are always thinking of ways to physically and mentally stimulate the animals at Brookfield Zoo. One way is by providing them with enrichment items they normally do not receive on a regular basis, including pumpkins.