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How to keep a big cat cool: Give her a bloodsicle.

Cute critters video roundup, Dec. 18

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Giant female Panda Mei Xiang munches on bamboo at the Panda House at the National Zoo.

OK, your restaurant has nearly 2,000 customers; some have a hankering for rodents and others like a good bloodsicle. Oh, and when they are done eating, you get to look through their poop.

Welcome to the life of a zoo nutritionist. See how they keep the frozen rats fresh, the chimps smiling (canned foods marked "Primate") and the tortoises making appropriately moist doo-doo.

For your viewing pleasure, I've watched every critter video offering from The Associated Press this week. These are the best. Trust me.

What's in the zoo cookbook?

There is an exact science to keeping zoo animals healthy, and Smithsonian's National Zoo actually does have a cookbook with recipes for each kind of animal. And no, there's no actual poop in the video, although you can tell what that panda is doing.

To see the video, please click here.

Baby reindeer prepares for the big day

Boris the baby reindeer is expected to be weaned from his bottle Christmas Day at the San Diego Zoo. The 3-month-old reindeer was a surprise, born into an exhibit that was exclusively female.

To see the video, please click here.

Snow-bird turtles?

Packed carefully in banana boxes, 20 endangered sea turtles – stranded by a cold snap on Cape Cod beaches – get a lift from the Coast Guard to Florida. Almost makes you wish you were a turtle.

To see the video, please click here.

Bonus rounds

Cats play patty cake, and argue.

Parrot (sounding like a drunken sailor) sings 'Let the bodies hit the floor.'

Emma Downs flagged the cats and Joyce McCartney snagged the parrot.

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