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California zoo animals feast on 13,000-pound fruit donation

General August 1, 2014

By Jennifer Chaussee BERKELEY Calif. (Reuters) – Animals at a zoo in California’s Bay Area received an unexpected and unusual feast after a delivery truck carrying exotic fruit crashed and spilled an estimated $50,000 worth of produce across a highway, officials said on Thursday. Some of the animals at the Oakland Zoo were initially hesitant to tuck into the 13,000-pound (590 kg) donation of Thai bananas, a type of plantain, and prickly-skinned jackfruit, which can cost more than $35 each in California stores. “Jackfruit is definitely more of an unusual fruit than our animals are used to,” said Nicky Mora, a spokeswoman for the zoo.

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