Looking for Love at the National Zoo

Zoo keepers at the Smithsonian's National Zoo show their love to the animals with special Valentine's Day treats.

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Jennifer Zoon, Smithsonian's National Zoo
Eat your heart out! Animals at Smithsonian's National Zoo are treated to special Valentine's Day food enrichment.
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Jennifer Zoon, Smithsonian's National Zoo
No boxes of chocolate for these zoo animals! Zoo Biologist Matt Evans feeds his valentine, an Aldabra tortoise, an enrichment of water, beet juice, beets, carrots, sweet potatoes and gelatin.
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Jennifer Zoon, Smithsonian's National Zoo
Mac, a green-winged Macaw, creates a homemade Valentine's Day card with the help of a toilet paper roll and some local flora. Looks like something we should try at home!
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Jennifer Zoon, Smithsonian's National Zoo
Mac's masterpiece!
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Jennifer Zoon, Smithsonian's National Zoo
A pair of blue-crowned hanging parrots share a romantic treat together. Their enrichment consists of water, grapes, strawberries, apples, papayas and peanut butter frozen into the shape of hearts.
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Jennifer Zoon, Smithsonian's National Zoo
One may be the loneliest number, but Cricket, a keel-billed toucan, doesn't mind not sharing her ice heart and frozen grapes.
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Jennifer Zoon, Smithsonian's National Zoo
This Cuban crocodile enjoys a floating heart of water, beef blood, beet juice, gelatin, white rats, and black mice. Not exactly what we'd want for Valentine's Day, but to each his own.
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Jennifer Zoon, Smithsonian's National Zoo
That's one tasty Valentine! This Cuban crocodile holds lovingly onto its treat as it floats along at the National Zoo.
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Jennifer Zoon, Smithsonian's National Zoo
Love is in the air for these two Aldabra tortoises. Reminiscent of Lady and the Tramp, don't you think?
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Jennifer Zoon, Smithsonian's National Zoo
Yum! This beats flowers and candy any day! (Caution: your girlfriend might not agree with the tortoises.)
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Jennifer Zoon, Smithsonian's National Zoo
This red-fanned parrot looks out at its admirers across from the frozen fruit Valentine created by Smithsonian's National Zoo keepers.
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Jennifer Zoon, Smithsonian's National Zoo
Albert, a blue-billed curassow, struts his stuff in front of his home at the National Zoo. Looking for love, perhaps?
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