‘Bloodsicles:’ Zookeepers In Wyoming Give Carnivorous Cats Frozen Blood Pops To Beat The Heat [VIDEO]

By Philip Ross on July 19, 2013 12:53 PM EDT

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“Bloodsicles,” like the ones pictured here at the San Diego Zoo in California, are one way zookeepers are coping with extreme heat this summer. (Photo: YouTube/Screenshot)

"Bloodsicles" - there's nothing a lion, jaguar or tiger craves more when trying to beat the heat. Zookeepers at New Zoo in Green Bay, Wis., and the Racine Zoo in Racine, Wis., where temperatures have risen well into the nineties and even the triple digits, are giving their carnivorous friends frozen blood pops to keep them cool during the heat wave. The fittingly named "bloodsicles" are made of leftover blood from the big cats' meals.

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During times of extreme heat, it's important for zookeepers to keep their animals' body temperatures down. The Journal Sentinel reports that high temperatures can cause some animals to overheat, so zookeepers are taking every precaution they can to make sure that doesn't happen. In addition to "bloodsicles," zookeepers set up ice slabs for some critters to chill out on. The summer snack menu also included "fruitsicles" for their friends with a less carnivorous palette.

"It's not the heat that these animals are not used to but the humidity" Theresa Donarski, curator of conservation and animal care at the Racine Zoo, told the Journal Sentinel. "Even the meerkats from Africa can't handle the heat, so all the animals are getting attention and being kept cool."

In Chicago, zookeepers at the Lincoln Park Zoo set up fans and AC units to help some of their animals cope with the heat spell. Carnivorous cats also got the grisly "bloodsicles" handed out at other zoos in the northeast U.S.

According to The Post Crescent, workers at Special Memories Zoo passed out frozen Gatorade pops to their monkeys.

"The monkeys, they just think that's the neatest thing," Dona Wheeler, who owns the zoo with her husband, told The Post Crescent.

In this video from the San Diego Zoo in California, the park's jaguars are seen enjoying bloodsicles in the shapes of hearts as a Valentine's Day treat:

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