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New York Zoo Animals to Squish Surplus Pumpkins

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SYRACUSE, New York (AP) A zoo in upstate New York has come up with a way to dispose of surplus pumpkins left over from Halloween: Give them to the animals.

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse is holding its annual "Squishing of the Squash" this weekend. Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, zoo visitors can watch more than 20 species of animals stomp, romp and chomp on gourds of varying size and shape.

Lions, tigers and bears and condors, wolves and otters are among the animals getting pumpkins delivered to their exhibits.

Zoo officials say the Asian elephants get to pulverize a pumpkin of pachyderm proportion: a 1,200-pounder donated by a grower from suburban Fayetteville.

The penguins aren't being left out. Members of the National Aquatic Service will be carving a pumpkin under water in the penguin pool.