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Alpaca Dies During Floods, Cleanup Continues at Salisbury Zoo

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(Photo: Salisbury Zoo) (Photo: Salisbury Zoo)
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SALISBURY, Md. - (AP/WBOC) Officials say recovery efforts are underway at the Salisbury Zoo, where an alpaca died last week amid flooding from heavy rains that inundated the mid-Atlantic region.
    
The zoo remained closed Tuesday, although water levels have dropped significantly. Major cleanup of the public pathways is expected to begin Tuesday and the zoo said it hopes to begin providing at least partial access to the public areas of the zoo by Wednesday.  

Two large trees fell during the storm. The zoo said one of the trees caused some damage to the burrowing owl exhibit. The second crushed a section of the perimeter fence along the south side of the zoo. As of Monday afternoon, the zoo said staff members were working to remedy those situations, however the zoo said repairs may take some time to complete.

The zoo said workers began returning animals to their normal enclosures on Tuesday. 

During the height of the flood, workers provided temporary housing to some animals at the zoo's health facility. When the rising waters totally flooded the alpaca exhibit along the river, the alpacas were released onto the zoo grounds, the zoo said.

Zoo workers discovered a 15-year-old alpaca lying down in water early Friday morning. Officials say the animal was hypothermic and died Friday afternoon.
    
A post-mortem examination appeared to reveal the presence of fluid in the alpaca's lungs. Officials believe that while debilitated by hypothermia, the alpaca may also have aspirated some water.

All other animals appear to have endured the challenging conditions well, the zoo said.
 

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