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Jul 31, 2014 8:59 AM by Associated Press

Oakland Zoo animals enjoy fruit after truck crash

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Bears, giraffes and elephants at the Oakland Zoo were treated to a buffet of tropical fruit after a truck spilled its shipment on a freeway.

The Oakland Tribune reports about 13,000 pounds of plantains and jackfruit were donated to the Oakland Zoo on Wednesday after the fruit truck overturned on Interstate 580.

Bears, giraffes and elephants dined on the treats, though zookeepers say some of the animals were initially hesitant to taste the unusual fruits.

Zoological manager Darren Minier says only fruit in good condition without major bruising, broken skin or insects will be fed to the animals.

The newspaper says the Alameda County Food Bank received about 35,000 pounds of fruit as well.

Nobody was hurt when the fruit truck collided with a pickup in the Altamont Pass early Monday.

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