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Duluth polar bear goes on display at Como Zoo

Visitors at Como Zoo in St. Paul can now meet Berlin, the polar bear rescued after flood waters devastated the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth in June, WCCO reports. Two harbor seals from the Duluth zoo are also on display at Como.
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Visitors at Como Zoo in St. Paul can now meet Berlin, the polar bear rescued after flood waters devastated the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth in June, WCCO reports. Two harbor seals from the Duluth zoo are also on display at Como.

Fourteen animals drowned, including goats, sheep and a donkey, when torrential rain swamped the Lake Superior Zoo.

The Duluth zoo reopened in July, but officials have not decided if the seals and polar bear will be return.

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Polar bear back on display at St. Paul's Como Zoo

Berlin the polar bear is back on exhibit at St. Paul's Como Zoo after undergoing major surgery last month, KARE 11 reports. Berlin was moved to the Como Zoo after major flooding at the Lake Superior Zoo in the Duluth area in June.

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.

Lake Superior Zoo reopening

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.

Berlin the polar bear recovering after surgery

Berlin, the Lake Superior Zoo's polar bear currently residing at Como Zoo, is recovering after surgery this weekend. The polar bear had been acting lethargic and vomiting before exploratory surgery at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center was performed. Berlin was moved to the Como Zoo after major flooding in the Duluth area in June.

PETA demands Duluth zoo be prosecuted for animal flood deaths

The animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth was negligent in allowing 13 or 14 animals to die during the flood Wednesday. PETA called on Duluth City Attorney Gunnar Johnson to bring cruelty charges against the zoo.

After the flood, life goes on in Duluth; zoo plans to open next week

After the floods in Duluth, an army of volunteers has stepped in to fill a gap between when emergency workers leave and more long-term help arrives. Race routes have been altered, but the events will go on. Biking and hiking trails are open. And the zoo plans to reopen on Friday with most of the park's 483 animals on display.

Deluge in Duluth: boy rescued, zoo animals drown

Torrential rain caused major flooding in Duluth Wednesday. A state of emergency was declared. Police told residents to stay home. At least one neighborhood was evacuated and roads and highways were closed, including Interstate 35 at several points. The Lake Superior Zoo was badly flooded and a number of animals drowned.

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.