Tigers, bears and monkeys get into Halloween spirit at Texas animal sanctuary

Watch video of the animals playing with pumpkins

MURCHISON, Texas – Some of the nearly 800 animals at a Texas animal sanctuary are celebrating Halloween a little early after caretakers gave them pumpkins.

Black Beauty Ranch in Murchison houses nearly 40 species and to celebrate the fall season, tigers, monkeys, bears, tortoises and pigs were given pumpkins.

Staff captured some of the animals chowing down and playing with their pumpkins.

Black Beauty director Noelle Almrud told KSAT the tigers Elsa, Loki and India “had a blast investigating the large round gourds, batting them around like soccer balls. They tackled, chased, pounced and then swam in their pools with the pumpkins.”

Animals of Black Beauty Ranch enjoying Halloween 2021. Loki with pumpkin in his mouth. (Humane Society of the United States)

Eve the bear rolled her pumpkin around before chowing down and the pigs ate the entire pumpkin in record time.

“The other species enjoyed pulling the pumpkins apart and nibbling like our marmoset Abu, or just tearing them to shreds and sticking their whole faces in like our bears,” said Almrud. “We always try to incorporate seasonal enrichment activities with our animals to keep them busy and healthy.”

Check out the playful pumpkin shenanigans in the video player above.

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Mary Claire Patton has been a journalist with KSAT 12 since 2015. She has reported on several high-profile stories during her career at KSAT and specializes in trending news and things to do around Texas and San Antonio.