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Published April 11, 2013, 05:06 PM

Snow keeping Wahpeton zoo on alert

Wahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) - Chahinkapa Zoo officials are keeping a close eye on today’s snow to make sure animals stay safe if waters rise.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Wahpeton, ND (WDAY TV) - Chahinkapa Zoo officials are keeping a close eye on today’s snow to make sure animals stay safe if waters rise.

If the Red River reaches 16 feet the animals will need to be moved. Twenty-five animals including elk, bison, and snow leopards will be moved to other exhibits. The Zoo has a new less invasive approach and can have all the animals moved within an hour.

Kathy Diekman, Zoo Director: “Instead of tranquilizing a cat we can just crate them, or do a hand injection instead of a dart gun, and it just goes so much nicer, and the other animals will lead by target, and it's just a wonderful thing, and it's been safe, a safety factor for our staff.”

Diekman says they are clearing areas to make way for sand bags if needed.

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