It's been more than three weeks now since Feisty the seal and Berlin the polar bear rode the floodwaters out of their zoo enclosure and into a media spotlight. Their Polar Shores exhibit remains empty while officials at the Duluth zoo decide whether to revive it. But the rest of the Lake Superior Zoo reopens to visitors Friday for the first time since the flood. One official calls it a step toward a return to normalcy.
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Polar bear, seals may not return to Lake Superior Zoo following flash flood
Zoological Society CEO Sam Madia told the Duluth News Tribune the zoo will likely reopen sometime after Wednesday, although it's unknown if the zoo's polar bear and two seals will return from the Como Zoo in St. Paul. Madia acknowledged the Zoological Society's 2010 long-range plan doesn't include the popular Polar Shores exhibit. The zoo's senior staff is expected to re-evaluate their options and make a decision as soon as possible.
Animal deaths shine light on security at Duluth Zoo
When the zoo was reaccredited in 2011, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums criticized the zoo’s security and said it “had a naïve approach to safety.” At the time of the flood, there was not a security guard on the grounds. However, even if someone had been there the night of the flood, zoo officials told the Duluth News Tribune that it’s no guarantee that six sheep, four goats, a donkey, a turkey vulture and a snowy owl that were found drowned could have been saved.
Lake Superior shipping season ends Wednesday night
The Edwin H. Gott pulled into the Duluth Seaway Port Wednesday morning. It is the final ship of the 2011 season. MPR reports the Soo Locks officially close Wednesday at midnight. The warm weather allowed the locks to stay open three days longer this last year.
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