Hallowe’en treats

A spooky Hallowe’en pumpkin didn’t scare DZG’s 18-strong meerkat mob!

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The pumpkin, complete with an intricate owl design, was carved out by CEO Peter Suddock, but didn’t last long once the meerkats got their claws on it!

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Assistant Curator, Richard Brown, said: “We treat many of the animals across the site each year with the hollowed-out vegetables, which we fill with fruit and treats.

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“It’s great enrichment as it encourages them to hunt out the food and use the pumpkin as a toy; although I’ve never seen the meerkats react to a pumpkin as much as they have with this one.

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“They’d pulled off the lid, eaten through the carved owl and were sitting inside the pumpkin within minutes!”

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See the meerkats in action in the short video clip below…