By: Cody Barr
While humans groan and complain about stores and shops rushing them through the fall and into the holiday season, there is a herd of Asian elephants at the Oregon Zoo excited for it all to be over. They are celebrating the end of pumpkin season by smashing the biggest ones in the Pacific Northwest and it is quite a sight to behold.
Taking the lead in the demolition is Lily, the three-year-old calf whose enthusiastic personality and shameless pumpkin smashing has been praised by her keepers since she was born. She's not afraid to show the pumpkin who is boss.
"She's definitely not shy," said Bob Lee, the zoo's elephant curator. "She competes with the bigger elephants for enrichment toys and treats. She doesn't just wait for her turn."