Monday, November 7, 2011

London Zoo's animals get into the Halloween spirit.

London Zoo's animals get into the Halloween spirit
Ruth Doherty
RexLondon Zoo's Margaret the giraffe got into the Halloween spirit this week by sticking her neck out for a pumpkin.

And she wasn't the only animal to get involved in a pumpkin platter breakfast. Lucifer the Asiatic lion and his daughter Rubi also got their canines into the tasty Halloween treats.

Especially for children during half term, the animal sanctuary is celebrating Halloween with Boo at the Zoo, a new exhibition that is home to 16 critically endangered Rodrigues fruit bats, which opened on 22 October.

London Zoo's animals get into the Halloween spiritRex

Visitors can investigate the dark and eerie habitat of the nine male bats and seven females.

Along with the new bat cave, families who visit during October half term can get involved with Boo at the Zoo Halloween activities, which run from Saturday 22 October, until Sunday 29 October.

You can catch a special Halloween-themed animal demonstration featuring the zoo's vulture, a skunk and a burrowing owl, which will be taken over by the evil Prince Igor.

Kids can get messy by making creepy crafts in the zoo's Animal Adventure exhibit, and frightening tales will be told in the terrifying tepee.

There will also be something fishy happening in the zoo's 158 year-old Aquarium. Known for its spooky goings on, guides will be on hand to tell visitors real-life ghost stories and to take them into the murky depths of the exhibit.

And for the adults? There'll be Halloween Ghost Tours during the evening on Friday 28 October, where you can experience the spookier side of the zoo by visiting three of its most haunted buildings.

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