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30 October 2016, 06:00
The elephant herd at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo enjoyed a Halloween to remember as their zookeepers treated them to very their own pumpkin patch.
Zookeepers at the UK's biggest zoo prepped a mammoth plot of more than 30 pumpkins for the 11-strong elephant herd - including four-month old Elizabeth - to get stuck in to, and the group ploughed through their Halloween surprise.
Using their tusks, trunks and enormous feet for the demolition job, the pachyderm family joined the rest of Whipsnade's animals in getting into the Halloween spirit during the Zoo's frightfully-fun Boo at the Zoo week.
ZSL's assistant curator of elephants, Lee Sambrook said: "Elephants are incredibly intelligent animals but they also love to play and they had great fun trampling over the mega plot of pumpkins in their paddock.
"The elephants approached the giant plot with some caution at first, but once they discovered how fun pumpkins are to squash, the pumpkins didn't stand a chance!
"We wanted to create something special for our youngest elephant, Elizabeth's, first Halloween and it was certainly more of a treat than a trick, for her and her family."