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'Our elephant family got one 800-pound pumpkin and another 600-pound one to stomp on, play with and munch on.'

COURTESY PHOTO: MICHAEL DURHAM/OREGON ZOO - Oregon Zoo elephants squish two giant pumpkins Friday, Oct. 18. What do you do with a giant pumpkin? Let elephants smash it, of course.

That's what the Oregon Zoo did Friday, Oct. 18. Zoo elephants smashed two giant gourds (or vegetables) during the annual Squishing of the Squash.

"Our elephant family got one 800-pound pumpkin and another 600-pound one to stomp on, play with and munch on," said Bob Lee, zoo elephant area supervisor.

Pacific Giant Vegetable Growers Club members Larry and Christy Nelson of Albany provided the pumpkins.

This weekend, the zoo also hosts its annual Howloween event. For two weekends, children and their families can trick or treat around the zoo. The event also provides information about zoo animals and their habitats.




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