Feisty, a seal rescued from the Duluth flood, at Como Zoo in St. Paul. Photo by Tim Blotz / FOX 9 News.
Feisty, a seal rescued from the Duluth flood, in a tank at Como Zoo in St. Paul. Photo by Tim Blotz / FOX 9 News.
Berlin, a polar bear rescued from the Duluth flood, at Como Zoo in St. Paul. Photo by Tim Blotz / FOX 9 News.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -
Como Zoo in St. Paul is temporarily holding two harbor seals and a polar bear from the flooded Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth, Minnesota.
Eight of the Duluth zoo's barnyard animals were killed in the flood and other animals were washed from their exhibits. While the polar bear escaped its exhibit, no dangerous animals ever left the perimeter fence of the zoo.
"Obviously, our entire staff is devastated," said Lake Superior Zoo director of animal management Peter Pruett.
A team of four Como zookeepers drove to Duluth Wednesday evening, and the seals and polar bear arrived in St. Paul at 2 a.m. Thursday morning.
"We were in communication with the Lake Superior Zoo for much of the day Wednesday," said Como Park Zoo director Michelle Furrer. "When they determined it would be in the best interest of the animals to temporarily send them to Como as they dealt with the flooding, we were ready to respond."
The harbor seals and polar bear will be quarantined away from Como Zoo's animals -- a standard procedure with all incoming animals. It is not clear how long the animals will stay in St. Paul or if they will be on display.
Como Zoo is also temporary holding to two brown bears and one grizzly bear from the Roosevelt Zoo in Minot, North Dakota, which was flooded in 2011.