PHOTOS: Zoo Animals Snack On Donated Damaged Fruit From Truck Accident

Published 08/01 2014 10:43AM

Updated 08/01 2014 11:22AM

African elephant Osh trying jackfruit for the first time - wonder if he likes it?
African elephant Osh trying jackfruit for the first time - wonder if he likes it?/NBC Bay Area
OAKLAND via NBC -- Talk about not letting roadkill go to waste.

The elephants, giraffes and bears at the Oakland Zoo got to nosh on African jackfruit and bananas Wednesday thanks to a overturned big rig that dumped 60,000 pounds of fruit in Livermore near the Altamont Pass earlier in the week.

"The elephants loved it," Brian Deering, president of the nonprofit F.A.I.R. Foundation, told NBC Bay Area. He masterminded the transfer – taking the lightly squished fruit from the side of Interstate Highway 580 and getting about 15,000 pounds of it to the animals at the zoo.

About 35,000 pounds fed humans at the Alameda County Food Bank, and the rest was too badly bruised to be eaten.

Zoo spokeswoman Nicky Mora said there is enough donated fruit for the elephants and bears to dine on all week.

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