SEQUOIA PARK ZOO ANIMALS ENJOY THANKSGIVING INSPIRED MEALS
While some people were finishing up their Thanksgiving meal, the animals at the Sequoia Park Zoo were doing the same.
"Thanksgivng at the zoo is very important to the animals because it gives them a special enrichment treat," Educational Supervisor Amber Neilson said.
The animals receive enrichment everyday, but it came in a different form for Thanksgiving.
“We made the pie without sugar,” Zookeeper Camden Bruner said. “So it's mainly pumpkin and squash.”
Along with pie, the zookeepers made pumpkin turkeys, mashed sweet potatoes and corn—all for the animals to enjoy.
“Zookeeper staff have been working for a couple days to prepare meals, but most of it happened yesterday,” Neilson said.
Other animals, like the Red Panda, enjoyed food that you wouldn’t typically find on the thanksgiving menu.
For zoo visitor, Garth, his enrichment comes in a more traditional form.
"We eat turkey most of the time," Garth said.
But the one thing that humans and animal alike shared, was something to be thankful for—whether it be cat naps, a good hearty meal or time with family.
But if there were one animal that is especially thankful, it would probably be the barnyard turkeys, for making it through another thanksgiving alive.