Zoo Flooded with Volunteers

By KBJR News 1

June 23, 2012 Updated Jul 2, 2012 at 1:57 PM CDT

Volunteers showed up by the hundreds Saturday, lending a much needed helping hand after Wednesday's floods devastated the Lake Superior Zoo.

Some 200 volunteers showed up to begin the cleanup process of the zoo after torrential rains washed away a good portion of the grounds, even killing 14 of the zoo's animals.

So many people showed up to offer up their support, Zoo officials say they even had to turn away some volunteers.

Zoo staff say they could not have done this without the support of the surrounding communities and each volunteer who showed up at their door.

"It's kind of cool. You get a group of strangers together for the common bond basically and the commodore is awesome. It's fun visiting with people you don't know and it's just nice to see everybody pitch in for the same cause," says volunteer Rhonda Peterson.

Unfortunately, all volunteer shifts have been filled at the zoo in the cleanup efforts for now, but the zoo gladly accepts any kind of donation during this tough time.