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L.A. elephants like smashing pumpkins

Elephants go a stompin' and a chompin'
October 23, 1997
Web posted at: 11:10 p.m. EDT (0310 GMT)

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- As part of a pre-Halloween celebration at the Los Angeles Zoo called "Boo at the Zoo," elephants Gita and Ruby were given 250 pounds of pumpkins to "stomp and chomp" as they pleased.

They pound pumpkins not out of malice or recreation, but because they savor the gourds' slippery, seedy innards, their gold-orange skins and their firm yellow flesh as well. And they are happily ignorant of all wordplay about pumpkins and rock bands.

Watch Gita and Ruby do the pumpkin stomp
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