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Animals saved from storm on ‘Zoo’

Kevin McDonough United Feature Syndicate

“Little Zoo that Could” (9 p.m., Animal Planet) celebrates a modern-day Noah’s Ark.

In September 2004, with Hurricane Ivan bearing down on their location, the director of Alabama’s Gulf Coast Zoo made the remarkable and unprecedented decision to evacuate the animals. With only 36 hours to spare, and no room at any inns for a motley menagerie ranging from big Siberian tigers to tiny bush babies, the animals were relocated to the zookeeper’s house – 20 miles inland.

“The Little Zoo that Could,” a struggle to save 270 exotic animals, will air in 13 one-hour installments beginning tonight.

MTV offers a real alternative for the Olympic-phobic: Two solid hours in “Fat Camp” (9 p.m., MTV). This documentary special follows five campers as they embark for a weight-loss camp in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains.

These kids are pretty upfront about their weight and their unhappiness with their self-image. You can’t be more upfront than allowing cameras into a dressing room as you try on size XL pants that no longer fit, or underwear that accentuates a protruding belly.

Other highlights

Winter Olympics (8 p.m., NBC) coverage continues.

Talents blossom or wither in the Hollywood hothouse on “American Idol” (8 p.m., Fox).

A perky decorator (Doris Day) and a cad (Rock Hudson) get their wires crossed in the 1959 comedy “Pillow Talk” (5 p.m., TCM).

A fine whine on “Yes, Dear” (8:30 p.m., CBS). This marks the show’s sixth-season finale. How this “comedy” lasted one season is the real mystery.

Sayid discovers a mysterious stranger on “Lost” (9 p.m., ABC).

“The Blitz: London’s Longest Night” (8 p.m., KSPS) recalls a December 1940 bombing raid by the Nazi air force that was intended to demoralize the British but only increased their resolve.

Death arrives by elevator on “CSI: NY” (10 p.m., CBS).

Kira searches for answers on “Invasion” (10 p.m., ABC).

Down to three on “Project Runway” (10 p.m., Bravo).

Series notes

Secrets best left undisturbed on “Still Standing” (8 p.m., CBS) … Last rites and first impressions on “George Lopez” (8 p.m., ABC, TV-14) … A secret from the time capsule on “One Tree Hill” (8 p.m., WB) … Regret on “Freddie” (8:30 p.m., ABC) … A hostage crisis on the railroad on “Criminal Minds” (9 p.m., CBS) … Grave robbery on “Bones” (9 p.m., Fox) … A revealing game of poker on “Beauty and the Geek” (9 p.m., WB).

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