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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Macaques enjoy trick or treating with tasty pumpkins

Published 28/10/2015 | 17:21

Keepers at Blair Drummond Safari Park put pumpkins filled with enrichments in the Macaque drive-through
Keepers at Blair Drummond Safari Park put pumpkins filled with enrichments in the Macaque drive-through

Animals at a Scottish safari park have been enjoying some early trick or treating.

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Keepers at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling have placed pumpkins stuffed with tasty treats throughout the new macaque drive-through.

Head keeper Craig Holmes said: "By using lots of pumpkins we can ensure that the shyer macaques get time to interact with the pumpkins whilst the more dominant ones are occupied at the other end of the exhibit.

"They feed on the pumpkins and it's also our hope that the seeds will take and we'll be growing pumpkins in the enclosure."

As well as enriching the daily lives of the animals, visitors are being encouraged to pumpkin spot as they make their way round the enclosures.

The safari park will have a Halloween-themed finale this weekend before closing for the winter from November 3.

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