Playful elephants smash giant pumpkins at annual festival

Elephants smashing pumpkins

The 23rd Squishing of the Squash annual celebration was marked this past week to celebrate the arrival of autumn. The elephants at Oregon Zoo enjoy a yummy treat of giant pumpkins.

Elephants smashing pumpkins

The resident elephants had a delightful moment stomping and crashing giant pumpkins to reach their soft and delicious inner flesh. At the end of the festival, some elephants had orange-colored trunks.

A total of 1,200 pounds of orange-colored pumpkins were provided for the elephants to crush and eat. The herd of elephants enjoyed a good time as they crushed and ate the pumpkins.

Elephants smashing pumpkins

The Oregon Zoo has a tradition of celebrating the Halloween season by providing its elephants with pumpkins to play with and eat. The activities help stimulate the animals mentally.

Elephants were not the only residents enjoying a treat. Other animals at the zoo, including ring-tailed lemurs, river otters, and porcupines, were also provided with pumpkins, albeit smaller ones.

Elephants smashing pumpkins

Elephants were evidently engaged in a lot of fun as they stomped and crushed the more giant pumpkins. It was harmless destruction that is quite fun to watch.

The Squishing of the Squash festival is fun for both the animals in the zoo and for animal lovers who can enjoy seeing the spectacle – elephants crushing giant pumpkins.

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