Panda trick or treat?

Is this red panda up to some trick, or merely enjoying a pumpkin treat?

Either way, it certainly adds to the Halloween festivities at Chester Zoo in Britain.

The Enchantment of Chester Zoo, featuring a host of acrobats, musicians and costumed characters, is the zoo's first large-scale Halloween event.

An evil sorcerer has supposedly cast a spell over the zoo to steal the powers of its nocturnal animals, and zoo goers embark on a journey to break the spell.

Organisers hope the event will raise awareness of unusual nocturnal animals such as the aye-aye and aardvark.

Chester Zoo is one of the most popular zoos in Britain and was named the seventh best zoo in the world in a ranking by TripAdvisor last year.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 27, 2016, with the headline 'Panda trick or treat?'. Print Edition | Subscribe