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June 21, 2012

Zoo animals drown in Minnesota floods

DULUTH, Minn. (UPI) -- Floods triggered by torrential rains drowned all but one of the animals from the barnyard section of the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth, Minn., zoo officials said.

Multiple exhibits were flooded out as downpours inundated the city, prompting residents to flee their homes at the urging of Mayor Don Ness as the St. Louis River swelled, the Duluth (Minn.) News-Tribune reported. Flash flood warnings were in effect through 10:30 p.m. and Ness declared a state of emergency.

Zoo spokeswoman Keely Johnson said all of the zoo's animals had been accounted for although one seal was found outside the facility on a city street. The flooding inundated the zoo's seal and polar bear exhibits and killed its goats, sheep and donkeys.

Johnson said the situation is improving.

"The water is starting to recede a little bit," Johnson said.

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