Video: Lions at Fort Worth Zoo get early Halloween meat treat

A lion plays with a carved pumpkin during the Fort Worth Zoo’s 24th annual Halloween celebration "Boo at the Zoo," Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. Meat filled carved pumpkins were placed with the Zoo's African lion display for the big cats to play with and explore. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Some lions at the Fort Worth Zoo had an early Halloween treat by getting to play with carved pumpkins stuffed with meat.

A lion carries a jack o'lantern during the Fort Worth Zoo’s 24th annual Halloween celebration "Boo at the Zoo," Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas.  (AP Photo/LM Otero)
A lion carries a jack o’lantern during the Fort Worth Zoo’s 24th annual Halloween celebration “Boo at the Zoo,” Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Three cubs joined two older African lions to frolic with the pumpkins on Thursday.

The 6-month-old cubs were part of a preview of the Fort Worth Zoo’s 24th annual Halloween celebration, dubbed Boo at the Zoo. The lions sniffed, licked and batted the pumpkins before tearing the bright orange jack-o’-lanterns apart.

The Fort Worth Zoo event runs Friday through Sunday.

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