San Diego Zoo Jaguars Enjoy Valentine’s Day Treat

The feline family received some edible, heart-shaped "bloodsicles" to snack on

By Monica Garske
|  Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013  |  Updated 9:10 PM PDT
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Jaguars at San Diego Zoo receive an early Valentine's Day treat.

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Everyone enjoys a delicious Valentine’s Day treat -- and the jaguar family at the San Diego Zoo is no exception.

On Wednesday, zookeepers treated the zoo’s jaguar family to a little gesture of love: some frozen, edible, heart-shaped Valentine’s Day snacks dubbed “bloodsicles.”

Five-year-old Nindiri and her two 10-month-old cubs, Tikal and Maderas, were gifted with some frozen treats made of frozen beef blood, beef hearts and pieces of meat.

The jaguars received the heart-shaped Valentines as a special enrichment, zoo officials said. Enrichment keeps the cats stimulated and active, and allows them to show their natural behaviors.

The feline family wasted no time devouring their treats. Nindiri licked and savored her edible Valentine, which had a red hue to it, perfect for the occasion.
 

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