The endangered Asian elephants at a US zoo enjoyed the chance to crush giant pumpkins at the annual Squashing of the Squash ceremony.
The tradition at the Oregon Zoo dates back to 1999. It predates the zoo’s Halloween celebrations, where children are invited to dress up and learn about the animals.
The zoo can’t hold a public event this year due to the pandemic, but that hasn’t stopped the elephants from obliterating 600-pound pumpkins provided by the Giant Growers Club of the Pacific.
“Things look a bit different for us this year, but the elephants don’t seem to mind,” said senior goalkeeper Dimas Dominguez.
“They had a 650-pound pumpkin and a couple of other pretty big ones to play with. First, they destroy them; then they enjoy them.”
The event was introduced when Hoffman’s Dairy Garden of Canby donated an 828-pound pumpkin to the zoo for pachyderms to pulverize.