WATCH: Detroit Zoo animals play with pumpkins

Detroit Zoo animals got to eat, smash and play with pumpkins today.

Detroit Zoo animals got to eat, smash and play with pumpkins today.

The fall fun was part of the zoo's Smashing Pumpkins event, where the animals get pumpkins filled with treats they can interact with and snack on in their habitats.

The zoo hides food items in the animals' habitats year round to stimulate natural behaviors like foraging and stalking. 

The fall munchies included pumpkins, gourds and cornstalks. 

watch-detroit-zoo-animals-play-with-pumpkins photo 1Buy Photo Thor, a 6-year-old grizzly bear, enjoys a stuffed pumpkin during Smashing Pumpkins at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free Presswatch-detroit-zoo-animals-play-with-pumpkins photo 2Buy Photo Tanya, a chimpanzee, enjoys treats during Smashing Pumpkins at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free Presswatch-detroit-zoo-animals-play-with-pumpkins photo 3Buy Photo Anna the wolverine eats fish that she finds inside a pumpkin during Smashing Pumpkins at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free Presswatch-detroit-zoo-animals-play-with-pumpkins photo 4Buy Photo Talini, a 13-year-old polar bear, enjoys a stuffed pumpkin during Smashing Pumpkins at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free Presswatch-detroit-zoo-animals-play-with-pumpkins photo 5Buy Photo Anna the wolverine eats fish that she finds in a pumpkin during Smashing Pumpkins at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free Presswatch-detroit-zoo-animals-play-with-pumpkins photo 6Buy Photo A vulture checks out the stuffed pumpkin during Smashing Pumpkins at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free Presswatch-detroit-zoo-animals-play-with-pumpkins photo 7Buy Photo Zookeeper Charlie Kolodziejski gets ready to throw a stuffed pumpkin to a wolverine at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free Presswatch-detroit-zoo-animals-play-with-pumpkins photo 8Buy Photo Zookeepers bring out stuffed pumpkins for the vultures during Smashing Pumpkins at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free Presswatch-detroit-zoo-animals-play-with-pumpkins photo 9Buy Photo Kaskapahtew, a male wolf, enjoys the treats out of a pumpkin during Smashing Pumpkins at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free Presswatch-detroit-zoo-animals-play-with-pumpkins photo 10Buy Photo Tanya, a chimpanzee, enjoys treats during Smashing Pumpkins at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free Presswatch-detroit-zoo-animals-play-with-pumpkins photo 11Buy Photo Tanya, a chimpanzee, enjoys treats during Smashing Pumpkins at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free Presswatch-detroit-zoo-animals-play-with-pumpkins photo 12Buy Photo Visitors watch Mike, a 6-year-old grizzly, enjoy a stuffed pumpkin during Smashing Pumpkins at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free Presswatch-detroit-zoo-animals-play-with-pumpkins photo 13Buy Photo Tanya, a chimpanzee, enjoys treats during Smashing Pumpkins at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free Presswatch-detroit-zoo-animals-play-with-pumpkins photo 14Buy Photo Talini, a 13-year-old polar bear, enjoys a stuffed pumpkin during Smashing Pumpkins at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free Presswatch-detroit-zoo-animals-play-with-pumpkins photo 15Buy Photo Thor, a 6-year-old grizzly bear, enjoys a stuffed pumpkin during Smashing Pumpkins at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. His brother Mike and Boo are in the back.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free Presswatch-detroit-zoo-animals-play-with-pumpkins photo 16Buy Photo Thor, a 6-year-old grizzly bear, enjoys a stuffed pumpkin during Smashing Pumpkins at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free Presswatch-detroit-zoo-animals-play-with-pumpkins photo 17Buy Photo A vulture checks out the stuffed pumpkin during Smashing Pumpkins at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free Presswatch-detroit-zoo-animals-play-with-pumpkins photo 18Buy Photo Boo, center, and his brother Mike, right, enjoy the stuffed pumpkins during Smashing Pumpkins at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free Presswatch-detroit-zoo-animals-play-with-pumpkins photo 19Buy Photo Waziyata, left, a female wolf, and Kaskapahtew, a male wolf during Smashing Pumpkins at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free Presswatch-detroit-zoo-animals-play-with-pumpkins photo 20Buy Photo A Lappet-faced vulture, center below, is seen checking out a stuffed pumpkin during Smashing Pumpkins at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free Presswatch-detroit-zoo-animals-play-with-pumpkins photo 21Buy Photo A vulture checks out the stuffed pumpkin during Smashing Pumpkins at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free Presswatch-detroit-zoo-animals-play-with-pumpkins photo 22Buy Photo Anna the wolverine eats fish that she finds inside a pumpkin during Smashing Pumpkins at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free Presswatch-detroit-zoo-animals-play-with-pumpkins photo 23Buy Photo Kaskapahtew, a male wolf, enjoys the treats out of a pumpkin during Smashing Pumpkins at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free Presswatch-detroit-zoo-animals-play-with-pumpkins photo 24Buy Photo Anna the wolverine at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free Presswatch-detroit-zoo-animals-play-with-pumpkins photo 25Buy Photo Jacek Hartley, 5, center, his brothe,r Cole Hartley, 7, and their mother, Amber Hartley, all of Shelby Township, watch Anna the wolverine enjoy a stuffed pumpkin during Smashing Pumpkins at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.  Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press

Want to see it in person? There's a second opportunity to attend the event on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Smashing Pumpkins schedule:

  • 11 a.m. – chimpanzees
  • 11:30 a.m. – polar bears
  • Noon – grizzly bears
  • 12:30 p.m. – vultures
  • 1 p.m. – wolves
  • 1:30 p.m. – wolverine
  • 2 p.m. – anteaters
  • 2:30 p.m. – camels
  • 3 p.m. – otters

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