Hippos at US zoo enjoy crushing pumpkins in jaws for Halloween festive season

Hippos at Cincinnati Zoo got into the spooky season spirit, displaying their incredible jaw strength by crushing pumpkins with their teeth.

Footage shows one of the zoo’s resident hippos accepting the large orange treat, crushing it in their mouth to audible gasps from spectators around them.

Hippos weren’t the only ones to be given pumpkin snacks - the zoo’s porcupine Rico got in on the action too.

“It’s pumpkin-crushing season and the hippos are happy to participate! Sound up to hear that satisfying crunch,” the zoo said.

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