Elephants at the Oregon Zoo gorged on some of the largest pumpkins in the Portland area as the zoo held its annual Squishing the Squash event Friday.
The pachyderms delighted zoo patrons by squishing, stomping and eating the pumpkins, KOIN-TV reported. One pumpkin weighed 800 pounds, while another weighed 600 pounds, the television station reported.
The elephant family squished over 1,400 lbs of squash this morning. Thanks to Larry Nelson for the gourd time! 🎃🐘 pic.twitter.com/yjl4fqx6L3— Oregoth Boo (@OregonZoo) October 18, 2019
The pumpkin smash was a prelude for the zoo's Howloween celebration, which began this weekend, according to the zoo's website.
The large pumpkins were provided by Larry and Christy Nelson of Albany, who belong to the Pacific Giant Vegetable Growers Club.
Zoo officials said smashing pumpkins keeps the elephants mentally and physically stimulated, KOIN reported.
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