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Center seeks fresh, carved pumpkins after Halloween

South Florida Wildlife Center seeks unwanted pumpkins free of other substances

(Photo courtesy of South Florida Wildlife Center, Credit: Jim Fisher)
(Photo courtesy of South Florida Wildlife Center, Credit: Jim Fisher) (Credit: Jim Fisher)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The South Florida Wildlife Center said it is seeking unwanted fresh or carved pumpkins free of other substances as enrichment items for rehabilitating raccoons, opossums and squirrels.

Located in Fort Lauderdale, the center said enrichment activities help raccoons and other animals better adapt to life in the wild after they are released.

"Carved pumpkins are great to stuff with the raccoons' regular diet and teach them how to forage," SFWC said in a statement. "Whole pumpkins provide these animals with hours of entertainment."

The pumpkins should be free from wax, paint or other non-naturals, SFWC said.

Donations are accepted seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The center is located at 3200 SW 4th Ave.

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