Zoo animals get early Valentines
Holiday celebrated at Reid Park with blood Popsicles and fish-filed ice
Reid Park Zoo's animals celebrated Valentine's Day early with special treats from their keepers during the "I Love the Zoo" day on Sunday.
While it may not seem like such a Valentine treat for humans, the zoo's big cats were treated to blood Popsicles and packages with meat inside, said Vivian VanPeenan, a zoo spokeswoman.
Otters licked fish Popsicles and the giraffes feasted on icy vegetable and fruit treats while the elephants tore open Valentine boxes filled with their favorite snacks, VanPeenan said.
The zoo chose to celebrate early because Sundays bring the most visitors. There were 3,200 people who turned out to see the animals Sunday, VanPeenan said.