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Halloween treats at London Zoo

Residents at ZSL London Zoo have been celebrating Halloween with some fiendishly fun activities, thanks to the animal keepers getting creative at meal times.

The zoo’s Sumatran tiger siblings Achilles and Karis playfully pawed at blood scented pumpkins in their Tiger Territory home while the Humboldt penguin colony delved into puzzling pumpkins on Penguin Beach to fetch their fishy treats.

Also getting into the Halloween spirit, the Zoo’s meerkats ‘apple-bobbed’ for paw-fulls of delicious green peas, while the squirrel monkeys faced a fiendish row of suspended baby pumpkins to find their favourite mealworms.

ZSL’s Zoological Manager Mark Habben said: “We provide a variety of activities for all of our animals all year round to encourage them to use their natural skills – like digging or sniffing out their next meal.

“Halloween is a great time for us to get creative, and give our animals puzzles and food that some people may think of as a bit ghoulish.

“While we humans might think of pumpkins stuffed with food such as fish, mealworms or blood as more of a trick than a treat, they are not only a firm favourite of the penguins, squirrel monkeys and tigers, but an important part of these species’ diets.”

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