The Halloween festival is just around the corner and is synonymous with pumpkins, which are traditionally used as decorations. The Cincinnati Zoo in the US got into the festive spirit by feeding pumpkins to its resident animals.
The zoo posted a video on Instagram showing its staff handing out giant orange pumpkins to the hippos in the water. It is a spectacle to see the hippos crush the pumpkins with a bite in the jaws. While the hippos are breaking the pumpkins, their young are also trying to nibble on the fruit that falls into the water. You see a lot of people taking videos of the hippos.
“It’s pumpkin-crushing time! Also known as Fiona, Fritz, Bibi and Tucker's favorite time! Presented by @frischsbigboy,” the zoo posted as a caption.
Watch the video below:
The video, released on October 16, has received more than 3.1 million views.
“Just curious: Why don't you cut the stem off the pumpkin before you give it to them?” I always wondered that,” one user commented. “I think it's wrong to give them a huge whole pumpkin. “Can’t you cut it up?” another said.
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“You guys are so worried about the pumpkins like they aren't hippos with jaws strong enough to crush our faces into dust lol. “Cut it open for her” lmao!!! Guys. They are HIPPOS,” wrote another internet user.
“Hippos have the strongest bite force of any land animal, no need to cut the pumpkin or remove the stem at all. The bite force is about 1800 psi,” another person wrote.
The zoo also posted a video of the pumpkins being distributed to its elephants. The elephants can be seen crushing the pumpkins with their feet before eating them with their trunks.
“It's Pumpkin Smash time with Schottzie and Jati! Elephants are incredibly strong. Their trunks can lift more than 300 kilograms but can also hold a single blade of grass!” it was written as a caption.