|Anana and her pumpkin
October is just wrapping up. Every weekend for the past month, the animals of the Cincinnati Zoo have been treated to real and papier mache pumpkins as enrichment and just for the fun of it. Pumpkins are good nutrition too.
|Anana retrieves her floating pumpkin
Polar bear super couple Little One and Anana are separated right now, maybe in preparation for denning season. It also means that no one has to share, or worry about another bear running off with their pumpkin, so they can enjoy it at their leisure. The keepers like to throw the polar bear pumpkins into the water, and then the bears have a time of it getting the pumpkin open.
|This pumpkin hit the rocks and broke, so it was easier for Anana to eat
|The big window gives us a good look at polar bear teeth, as Anana bites
|Anana runs off with a piece
|A pumpkin picnic
|A paw to steady the pumpkin
|Needs whipped cream
|Keeper of the Arctic Foxes gets the feast ready
|Each of the two foxes ran away to keep the treasure from the other
|Looking for a private place to eat
|Pumpkins just our size
|No one will see me here
|Something good on the top
|No pumpkins, but it was nice to see the baby twin Rad Pandas
on their first day out
|Chester the old Andean Bear was just getting his bed all arranged with it was time for pumpkins
|Not a real pumpkin. The papier mache pumpkins, made by zoo volunteers, are filled with treats.
|It looks like peanuts!
|Chester likes it
|The Andean Bear is also called the Spectacled Bear because they seem to be wearing glasses
|Chester takes a nap after a REAL pumpkin
|Little One retrieves his pumpkin from the water
|Carving out a face
|The pumpkins seemed to have something yummy smeared on them, for the bears wanted to lick them clean
|I think my jack-o-lantern is finishted
|Some of the zoo employees dressed up in costumes too.
Bob Ross, the iconic TV painter, fills in at the face painting booth
|Spotted near the polar bears
|It was trick or treat at the treat stations at the zoo, and there were a lot of little witches running around
|Connie the White Handed Gibbon got some apples while Henry was getting his pumpkin
|The other White Handed Gibbon, with the treat.
They are Henry's noisy and annoying companions
|Henry the Sumatran Orangutan carries his pumpkin to his favorite spot
|Henry was expecting his lunch inside the pumpkin and was mad that the pumpkin was empty. He had already had his lunch, but never mind.
He still wanted a stuffed pumpkin.
|Meercats got a jack-o-lantern too
|Big enough to hide in his mouth, if you are a brave meercat
|The meercats did not approach the pumpkin monster.
|Schottzie got all the pumpkins. Jati looked but couldn't find any.
|Trunks are good for carrying the pumpkin and crushing it too.
|Snow Leopards Renji and Nubo got pumpkins too
|Carving the face
|Using the paw to steady my work
|Mmmmm. Tastes like pumpkin
|Creative design by an artistic snow leapard
|White lionesses Prosperity and Gracious got pumpkins, and just rolled them around like balls, knocking them off the platform. They are cats, after all.
|Made for the White Lionesses