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Sydney Zoo celebrates Halloween with adorable images

Adorable animals at the new Sydney Zoo devoured Halloween pumpkins on the spookiest day of the year.

Four lion brothers, a mob of meerkats, Matilda the wombat, Saigon the elephant and a troop of baby baboons were all invited to the ghoulish celebration at the Western Sydney sanctuary.

Zookeepers carved out terrifying pumpkin heads, then filled them with an array of animal treats which included - insects, meats, seasonal fruit and vegetables.

Saigon the elephant is pictured playing with a bundle of pumpkins on Halloween

The gentle giant can be seen bringing the spooky treat into his mouth with his long trunk

'Items like treat-filled pumpkins are part of Sydney Zoo's enrichment program, which helps animals stay active and mentally stimulated.' Curator of Carnivores David French said.

While the mob of meerkats were a little skeptical at first, they quickly began to scoff down the insect-laden carvings as part of their Halloween breakfast.

Some of the zoo's more ferocious residents - the lion brothers - didn't waste any time with the devilish delights that were full of hunks of raw meat.

Saigon the elephant opted for a very different approach to the rest of his counterparts.

He took to stomping on the Halloween pumpkins and swatting them with his trunk, before sinking his teeth in the mashed up vegetables.

A mob of meerkats were a little skeptical at first, but they quickly began to devour the insect-laden carvings

The feast was part of their devilish Halloween breakfast which the meerkats appear to have thoroughly enjoyed

One of the meerkats can be sen nibbling through the tough outer layer of the pumpkin

Meanwhile the zoo's troop of baboons examined the pumpkins with their usual curiosity.

But it didn't take them long to break open the pumpkins and to tuck in to the terrifying treat.

Michael Mackenzie, Woolworths General Manager for New South Wales and the ACT, said the vegetables were donated to the animals by the supermarket giant.

'Woolworths support Sydney Zoo's animals by supplying surplus fresh food from local stores, and we are delighted to provide these pumpkins as a special Halloween treat for our furry friends.' 

Tickets for the Sydney zoo can be booked at Sydneyzoo.com.

The precinct is open every week from Thursday to Monday.

Some of the zoo's more ferocious residents - the lion brothers - didn't waste any time with the devilish delights that were full of hunks of raw meat (one of the brothers is pictured)

The zoo's troop of baboons examined the Halloween pumpkins with their usual curiosity

But it didn't take long for them to break open the pumpkins and tuck in to the terrifying treat

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