Polar Bear and Seals Moved to Como Zoo

By KBJR News 1

Polar Bear and Seals Moved to Como Zoo

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

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- The Lake Superior Zoo’s polar bear and two harbor seals are being transferred to the Como Park Zoo & Conservatory following this morning’s devastating flood.

Other animals, such as the brown bears and lions will be moved to quarantine in the animal care building at the zoo.

“This is a precautionary measure,” the zoo’s Director of Animal Care, Peter Pruett, said. “It is a considerable undertaking to tranquilize a large carnivore and it is stressful for the animal, but it’s in their best interest.”

Pruett said the staff was devastated by the loss of at least 11 animals in the flood. “The staff came together and responded exactly as they should have. Our local law enforcement and fire fighters were amazing and we all worked together.”

He said he was also moved by the animal care industry’s support, many of which came forward with offers of both staff and room for displaced animals.

He said the community had shown amazing support as well. “It is times like these that support means so much to us,” he said.

Pruett says that the zoo staff are deeply touched by all the support of the surrounding communities.

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