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Published July 02, 2012, 03:54 PM

Duluth flood has some questioning zoo security measures

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - People are pointing fingers at the Duluth Zoo, saying something could've been done to prevent the death of more than 14 animals during last week's flash floods. We decided to take a look at security in our area at the Red River Zoo.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - People are pointing fingers at the Duluth Zoo, saying something could've been done to prevent the death of more than 14 animals during last week's flash floods. We decided to take a look at security in our area at the Red River Zoo.

The Zoo says that once a month staff does safety drills. They practice capturing escaped animals, plus go through severe weather plans. There's also a zookeeper living on site, keeping track of animals 24/7.

Lisa Tate – Red River Zoo Executive Director: “If we have severe storm warnings, that zookeeper can come check on the animals or the enclosures and call other staff to come in and assist if there is an emergency."

Exhibits are designed with safety features you may not expect, like under-ground barriers to block animals that dig from escaping.

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