Big Cat Pumpkin Toss offers creative spin on pumpkin carving

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)- Carving pumpkins is a popular fall tradition, that isn't reserved for humans, alone. Tigers and lions at Untamed Mountain carved pumpkins this weekend- with their teeth.

The big cats at Tigers For Tomorrow celebrated fall all weekend with the annual Big Cat Pumpkin toss.

Director of Operations and Animal Care Wilbur McCauley, says the tradition gives the animals a new toy to play with.

"It gives them something to do, the public enjoys watching them carve the pumpkins, obviously they carve them with their teeth and their claws and not only is it good for the animals, but it's good for the people as well because when they come out they start learning about who the animals are as individuals."

Guests are welcome and encouraged to bring pumpkins for the animals to play with. Vanessa Vienna, a first time guest to the Big Cat Pumpkin Toss loved watching the tigers play.

"The first group actually had the pumpkins that we brought, and so walking by again, we watched how one was shredded, so it's exciting, they're having fun."

Employees say allowing the animals to play is an important part of their enrichment program, so they're constantly thinking of new ways for the animals to have fun. In the winter, they'll give the animals Christmas trees to play with.

Guests can come enjoy the big cats, bears, and wolves play with pumpkins every weekend for the rest of the month. Tigers for tomorrow at untamed mountain is a non profit 501 C-3 exotic animal park which houses more than 160 animals.