Animals in Houston, Texas, were given some of their “fall-favorite tasty treats” on Thursday, October 6, according to the Houston Zoo.
In a press release sent to Storyful, the zoo said the animals are intrigued by different aspects of the pumpkins. While black bears are interested in the scent, mongoose use their claws and teeth to get to the filling inside the gourds. Chimpanzees and white-faced saki monkeys are primarily interested in pumpkin seeds, and sea lions like to dunk their pumpkins in their pool.
The zoo said pumpkins allow animals to investigate and explore, which is important for their development and welfare.
This footage shows the zoo animals interacting with and enjoying their fall-themed treats. Credit: Kevin Kendrick/Houston Zoo via Storyful