It's Halloween at the zoo

Yahoo News Photo Staff

Zoo animals have been getting into the festive spirit, with pumpkins for snacks, and their reactions have been caught on camera in these incredible shots. From a Komodo dragon licking its lips to a glossy black panther leaping upon its new toy, the animals’ reactions have been hilarious. Not only providing amusement for zoo visitors, the pumpkin presents also act as enrichments for the creatures. The carved pumpkins encourage the zoo residents to explore, think and work for their food in imaginative new ways. (Caters News)

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<p>Meerkats gather around a pumpkin at the zoo in Hannover, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. Carved pumpkins were given to the animals on Wednesday. (Photo: Hauke-Christian Dittrich/dpa via AP) </p>
Meerkats gather around a pumpkin

Meerkats gather around a pumpkin at the zoo in Hannover, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017. Carved pumpkins were given to the animals on Wednesday. (Photo: Hauke-Christian Dittrich/dpa via AP)

<p>Achilles and Karis, Sumatran tigers, eat pumpkins at a Halloween event at ZSL London Zoo, London, Britain, Oct.26, 2017. (Photo: Mary Turner/Reuters) </p>
Sumatran tigers eat pumpkins

Achilles and Karis, Sumatran tigers, eat pumpkins at a Halloween event at ZSL London Zoo, London, Britain, Oct.26, 2017. (Photo: Mary Turner/Reuters)

<p>Chester Zoo’s giant otters go bobbing for pumpkins as keepers serve up lunch in carved pumpkins in Chester, Britain, on Oct. 17, 2017. (Photo: Chester Zoo/Caters News) </p>
Giant otters go bobbing for pumpkins

Chester Zoo’s giant otters go bobbing for pumpkins as keepers serve up lunch in carved pumpkins in Chester, Britain, on Oct. 17, 2017. (Photo: Chester Zoo/Caters News)

<p>Macaque monkeys are given pumpkins ahead of the Halloween festivities this weekend at Blair Drummond Safari park, Scotland on Oct. 27, 2017. (Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire via ZUMA Press) </p>
Macaque monkeys are given pumpkins

Macaque monkeys are given pumpkins ahead of the Halloween festivities this weekend at Blair Drummond Safari park, Scotland on Oct. 27, 2017. (Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire via ZUMA Press)

<p>A polar bear eats a pumpkin in the zoo in Hanover, Germany, Oct. 26, 2017. (Photo: Hauke-Christian Dittrich/DPA via ZUMA Press) </p>
A polar bear eats a pumpkin

A polar bear eats a pumpkin in the zoo in Hanover, Germany, Oct. 26, 2017. (Photo: Hauke-Christian Dittrich/DPA via ZUMA Press)

<p>A squirrel monkey plays with a small pumpkin at a Halloween event at ZSL London Zoo, London, Britain, Oct. 26, 2017. (Photo: Mary Turner/Reuters) </p>
A squirrel monkey plays with a pumpkin

A squirrel monkey plays with a small pumpkin at a Halloween event at ZSL London Zoo, London, Britain, Oct. 26, 2017. (Photo: Mary Turner/Reuters)

<p>Ten-month-old Andean bear cub Madidi plays with a pumpkin during Halloween at Chester Zoo in Chester, Britain, on Oct. 17, 2017. (Photo: Chester Zoo/Caters News) </p>
An Andean bear cub plays with a pumpkin

Ten-month-old Andean bear cub Madidi plays with a pumpkin during Halloween at Chester Zoo in Chester, Britain, on Oct. 17, 2017. (Photo: Chester Zoo/Caters News)

<p>Achilles, a Sumatran tiger, eats a pumpkin at a Halloween event at ZSL London Zoo, London, Britain, Oct. 26, 2017. (Photo: Mary Turner/Reuters) </p>
A Sumatran tiger eats a pumpkin

Achilles, a Sumatran tiger, eats a pumpkin at a Halloween event at ZSL London Zoo, London, Britain, Oct. 26, 2017. (Photo: Mary Turner/Reuters)

<p>Tiny critically endangered golden mantella frogs enjoy early Halloween treat at Chester Zoo in Chester, Britain, on Oct. 19, 2017. (Photo: Chester Zoo/Caters News) </p>
Golden mantella frogs enjoy a Halloween treat

Tiny critically endangered golden mantella frogs enjoy early Halloween treat at Chester Zoo in Chester, Britain, on Oct. 19, 2017. (Photo: Chester Zoo/Caters News)

<p>Fish explore a pumpkin underwater at Chester Zoo in Chester, Britain, on Oct. 19, 2017. (Photo: Chester Zoo/Caters News) </p>
Fish explore a pumpkin

Fish explore a pumpkin underwater at Chester Zoo in Chester, Britain, on Oct. 19, 2017. (Photo: Chester Zoo/Caters News)

<p>A newly born eastern black rhino plays with a pumpkin in its enclosure at the zoo in Dvur Kralove, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. (Photo: Petr David Josek/AP) </p>
Czech Republic Baby Rhino

A newly born eastern black rhino plays with a pumpkin in its enclosure at the zoo in Dvur Kralove, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. (Photo: Petr David Josek/AP)

<p>A meerkat at Port Lympne Reserve near Ashford, Kent, enjoys some enrichment with Halloween pumpkins filled with treats on Oct. 17, 2017. (Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire via ZUMA Press) </p>
A meerkat enjoys a pumpkin

A meerkat at Port Lympne Reserve near Ashford, Kent, enjoys some enrichment with Halloween pumpkins filled with treats on Oct. 17, 2017. (Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire via ZUMA Press)

<p>Beautiful black jaguar Goshi goes in pursuit of pumpkins at Chester Zoo in Chester, Britain, on Oct. 17, 2017. (Photo: Chester Zoo/Caters News) </p>
A black jaguar jumps for a pumpkin

Beautiful black jaguar Goshi goes in pursuit of pumpkins at Chester Zoo in Chester, Britain, on Oct. 17, 2017. (Photo: Chester Zoo/Caters News)

<p>Galapagos tortoises munch on giant pumpkins for an early Halloween treat at Chester Zoo in Chester, Britain, on Oct. 17, 2017. (Photo: Chester Zoo/Caters News) </p>
Galapagos tortoises munch on pumpkins

Galapagos tortoises munch on giant pumpkins for an early Halloween treat at Chester Zoo in Chester, Britain, on Oct. 17, 2017. (Photo: Chester Zoo/Caters News)

<p>A coati eats a pumpkin in the zoo in Hanover, Germany, Oct. 26 2017. (Photo: Hauke-Christian Dittrich/DPA via ZUMA Press) </p>
A coati eats a pumpkin

A coati eats a pumpkin in the zoo in Hanover, Germany, Oct. 26 2017. (Photo: Hauke-Christian Dittrich/DPA via ZUMA Press)

<p>A Humboldt Penguin investigates a carved pumpkin at a Halloween event at ZSL London Zoo, London, Britain, Oct. 26, 2017. (Photo: Mary Turner/Reuters) </p>
A Humboldt Penguin investigates a pumpkin

A Humboldt Penguin investigates a carved pumpkin at a Halloween event at ZSL London Zoo, London, Britain, Oct. 26, 2017. (Photo: Mary Turner/Reuters)

<p>A newly born eastern black rhino eats a pumpkin in its enclosure at the zoo in Dvur Kralove, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. (Photo: Petr David Josek/AP) </p>
A new born eastern black rhino eats a pumpkin

A newly born eastern black rhino eats a pumpkin in its enclosure at the zoo in Dvur Kralove, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. (Photo: Petr David Josek/AP)

<p>A spectacled bear at Port Lympne Reserve near Ashford, Kent, enjoys some enrichment with Halloween pumpkins filled with treats on Oct. 17, 2017. (Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire via ZUMA Press) </p>
A spectacled bear enjoys a pumpkin

A spectacled bear at Port Lympne Reserve near Ashford, Kent, enjoys some enrichment with Halloween pumpkins filled with treats on Oct. 17, 2017. (Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire via ZUMA Press)

<p>Komodo dragon Jantan stalks a tasty treat ahead of Halloween at Chester Zoo in Chester, Britain, on Oct. 17, 2017. (Photo: Chester Zoo/Caters News) </p>
A Komodo dragon stalks a tasty treat

Komodo dragon Jantan stalks a tasty treat ahead of Halloween at Chester Zoo in Chester, Britain, on Oct. 17, 2017. (Photo: Chester Zoo/Caters News)

<p>Macaque monkeys are given pumpkins ahead of the Halloween festivities this weekend at Blair Drummond Safari park, Scotland on Oct. 27, 2017. (Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire via ZUMA Press) </p>
Macaque monkeys are given pumpkins

Macaque monkeys are given pumpkins ahead of the Halloween festivities this weekend at Blair Drummond Safari park, Scotland on Oct. 27, 2017. (Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire via ZUMA Press)

<p>Tapir eating pumpkin on the occasion of the Halloween night in the Zoo where animals got their food served in decorated pumpkins in Zagreb, Croatia, Oct, 28. 2017. (Photo: Davor Puklavec/Xinhua via ZUMA Wire) </p>
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Tapir eating pumpkin on the occasion of the Halloween night in the Zoo where animals got their food served in decorated pumpkins in Zagreb, Croatia, Oct, 28. 2017. (Photo: Davor Puklavec/Xinhua via ZUMA Wire)

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