Refugees find home in St. Paul zoo

  • Article by: MASAKO HIRSCH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 21, 2012 - 9:38 PM
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thehoffersJun. 21, 1210:50 AM

The Lake Superior Zoo lost it's certification before, because they couldn't keep it up to standards. I wonder if they'll receive federal aid to rebuild into a real zoo this time?

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annemthomJun. 21, 1212:27 PM

There was a weather forecast that predicted this, and still they took no precautions for the animals they are stewards for? Shut this place down. As I recall a dog breeder who drowned her dogs is being charged with a felony, I guess there are different standards if you call your operation a zoo instead.

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pinelakelindJun. 21, 12 1:10 PM

I remember that Como Park took animals from Minot, ND when it flooded there. We are so lucky that Como Park cares enough about animals to reach out when needed. A great zoo! If you haven't been there lately it would be a great place to visit this weekend. It is so beautiful and the kids would love it! A small donation would help them with the cost of taking care of Duluth's animals!

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natro220Jun. 21, 12 2:11 PM

annemthom - I am SO sick of comments like yours. Where are these weather reports that predicted turrential downpours, mudslides, sinkholes, and raging creeks turned into rivers? Rain was predicted, just like it was 50% of the time this spring/summer. So they should move the animals to the closest zoo (Como) every time it might rain? It has NEVER flooded like this in Duluth in 100+ years, they could not have planned for this situation. The zoo keepers (many of whom are volunteers) are sickened by the loss of their animals. Comments like yours - comparing them to a monster who drowned unwanted puppies - are vile and disgusting. Says a lot about the person who wrote them I guess.

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F10028Jun. 21, 12 2:25 PM

Why does the media seem to love the word "refugees"? I don't mean just the Strib, but the media in general.

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Lifeguard06Jun. 21, 12 5:46 PM

The Come Zoo has the facilities and the generosity to care for animals who have been displaced by disaster. Once again they the true meaning of Minnesota Nice.

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herschelJun. 21, 1210:46 PM

I agree that annemthom's comments are harsh and inappropriate. No one intentionally harmed the animals, and no one knew how severe the weather conditions would be. That said, most pet owners would be immediately concerned about their pet's welfare once in the midst of such a severe rainstorm. Was there someone there at the zoo trying to save the animals? I wasn't there so I don't know. I hope so.

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FrankLJun. 22, 12 8:51 AM

Doesn't the zoo have a night watchman? Seems like there was no action plan on what to do in case of this type of problem. At the very least he could have released the farm animals so they could get to higher ground, no danger to the public.

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annemthomJun. 22, 1210:09 AM

They are called "flash flood warning" natro222, and they were broadcast on television, radio and on this web site. ANd it flooded like that in Duluth in 1972. I had family living there. There was no back up plan, no evacuation plan and someone charged with being steward to these animals failed them. I understand zookeepers are not in it for the money and I am not blaming them, but it would seem whoever is in charge of the zoo and sets policy is responsible for the drowning deaths of these animals.

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natro220Jun. 22, 12 2:22 PM

1) The Flash Flood warning happened after the rain started and everyone realized just how much rain we were going to get. A forecast implies predicting something in the future - a warning implies something that is happening in the present. 2) The 1972 flooding was no where near this bad, as reported in numerous places. Paul Douglas for the Star Tribune stated that Duluth hasn't seen flooding like this in more than a century. 3) Why do you feel so strongly you must assign blame for an unintentional act of nature? Everyone who says they should have let them out to go to high ground doesn't realize that the high ground was flooded too! Where would they have gone?

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