We had some horrific flooding here in Minnesota last night. In Duluth, up there on the shore of Lake Superior, torrential rains overnight last night brought down 8-10 inches of water. There were roads washed out & sinkholes & flash flooding. Luckily there haven’t been any serious injuries but Governor Mark Dayton issued an emergency executive order declaring a state of emergency. Millions of dollars of damage. The early estimate is that about 10% of the city’s streets were damaged or destroyed.
The waters rose so fast when Kingsbury Creek overflowed that the Lake Superior Zoo lost several animals. The sole survivor of their barnyard exhibit was a miniature horse, but a donkey, four goats and six sheep died. They also lost three birds: a turkey vulture, a raven and a snowy owl.
Flooding in their polar exhibit enabled Berlin the polar bear to escape his exhibit, but he was tranquilized before getting any further. The seals also escaped their exhibit, but one of them, Feisty, lived up to her name and went on an adventure.
Feisty got into a culvert and made a break for it! She was found outside the zoo on Grand Avenue.
I’m not sure if that look on her face is “Oops, they caught me!” or “I’m out! What do I do now?”
Both Ellie Burcar and Donald Melton thought it was an injured dog when they came upon it. After all, who expects to find a seal wandering around in Minnesota?! They used their cars to block the seal from oncoming traffic until they could flag down a fire crew.
After this picture went viral, someone started a Twitter account for Feisty.
It’s fun, with some serious mixed in. Some of Feisty’s Tweets:
“What’s there to do in this town?”
@lakecreature wanna do lunch?”
“they found me… I’m back inside now, but they’re giving me fish, so I’m pretty ok with that.”
“no time for a nap… I’ve got to tease the polar bear because he didn’t get out of the fence like I did.”
Feisty cares about the humans too though.
It looks like Feisty, her sister Vivian, and Berlin the polar bear will probably be coming down to the cities to stay at the Como Zoo for a while. It’s going to take a lot of work to get the Lake Superior Zoo rebuilt. Donations can be made through giveMN.org at: http://givemn.razoo.com/story/Lake-Superior-Zoological-Society