Tiger preys on pumpkin at London Zoo's Halloween celebration

Meat-filled squash fits the bill for new arrival from America

Tiger preys on pumpkin at London Zoo's Halloween celebration

JAE,JAE, a four year old Sumatran tiger at London Zoo has been snapped today (30/10/12) tucking into a prey of seasonally carved pumpkin ahead of this year's Halloween celebrations.

The tiger, who arrived at the Zoo from America this month, will celebrate his first UK Halloween with pumpkins stuffed with meaty treats. Jae Jae’s keeper, Paul Kybett said: "Jae Jae is a really inquisitive and playful tiger, and being from the US he’s a big fan of Halloween celebrations – especially if there are tasty treats involved".

"Giving the animals pumpkins and Halloween treats is fantastic enrichment for them; for some animals it encourages their hunting or foraging behaviours, and for others it’s simply a great new thing to investigate".

Jae Jae led the way while other animals including the giraffes tucked into the pumpkins too. "Raja the Komodo dragon will be sinking his teeth into his very own pumpkin , and the Zoo’s mob of meerkats will be given witches hats transformed into puzzle feeders to mark the occasion" says the Zoo.

This year, Halloween visitors to London Zoo will also enjoy "a spooky special of the 'Animals in Action' demonstration, watch out for the Grim Keepers going about their daily business and explore ghoulish curiosity in The Grim Curiosity Shoppe at the Boo at the Zoo events" say ZSL.

Photos by LondonNet's Caitrin Williams. For more of Caitrin's photos at the zoo, see our Flickr set slideshow below.

Halloween 2012 - Info and tips for this year's spooky celebrations in London.
London Zoo Info - Information and History
London Zoo Tickets - Tickets and online booking
ZSL - the Zoo's own website.

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