Record Rainfall Forces Zoo Miami to Close

Heavy flooding sends the animals indoors and visitors home.

Zoo Miami is enduring an extended shutdown, thanks to high flooding in the region, Miami Herald reports.

The soggy zoo has been shuttered since Saturday because of record rainfall that has placed visitor foot paths underwater and rendered any potential separation between animals and people moot (or moat).

Moats separate animals such as lions from the populace. Waters have risen so much with the flooding that the creatures could potentially get free of their habitats.

"With a high water level, there is no longer a barrier," a zoo spokesperson told the newspaper. "In reality, most animals can swim."

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The forecast called for more rain today, so the zoo does not look to be opening anytime soon, and for now it will be indoor living for the animals.

"The staff will be working diligently to try to bring the water levels down, but with more rain expected this afternoon, there may be little, if any, recession of those levels," Zoo Miami wrote on its Facebook page earlier today. "For the safety of both our guests and animals, the zoo will remain closed until further notice. We will keep you posted!"

With this year's strong El Nino, rainfall has been record-setting this month in Miami. AccuWeather predicts rain events will be "on the increase across Florida" during this holiday season.

via Miami Herald

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