Animals Drown at Lake Superior Zoo

By KBJR News 1

July 2, 2012 Updated Jul 2, 2012 at 1:52 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- At least 11 animals at the Lake Superior zoo have died as a result of the high waters.

LeAnn Wallace has the details.

The massive flooding created a scene at the Lake Superior Zoo that was both chaotic and tragic.

Several animals died as a result of the high waters.

Berlin, the Polar Bear was able to escape from her exhibit over night. Luckily she was recovered safely without incident.

Two seals were actually swept outside the confines of the zoo and went onto Grand Avenue.

Zoo staff said they became aware of the problem around 3:00 Wednesday morning.

Zoo officials say they're all devastated.

"But we did lose all of our barn animals. We lost our raven, Edgar, our turkey vulture, Jive...our snowy owl, Cloudy in the process too, so it has not been a good day for the zoo," said Peter Pruett, Director of Animal Managment.

Duluth police and fire departments responded to help zoo officials with the damage.

The Zoo's polar bear and two harbor seals are being transferred to Como Zoo in the Twin Cities for the time being.

Other animals such as the brown bears and lions are being moved to quarantine in the animal care building at the zoo until further notice.

A couple other animals may still be missing.

No word yet on when the zoo will reopen.