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Friday, November 21, 2014

Local Bear Thankful for Your Leftover Pumpkins

Posted By on Fri, Nov 21, 2014 at 2:09 PM

  • Oakland Zoo
A scene this cute should be turned into a national holiday — where we all leave work and go watch zoo animals feast off your leftover Halloween pumpkins. 

Over at the Oakland Zoo, truckloads of large, medium, and mini pumpkins have been added to animal diets, including pumpkin kabobs and frozen delicacies. Other creative uses of these pumpkins: gourd bowls filled with meat treats and puzzle feeders.

"Most of these pumpkins would otherwise we thrown out or tilled back into the land," said Gina Kinzley, lead elephant keeper. "The donations provide a fun and healthy food source for our animals at Oakland Zoo.”

Even though the federal government won't excuse you from work, you can still see the animals feasting on the sweet treats any day of the week through November and December. Just call in sick. 

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.

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