Visitors to Como Zoo in St. Paul can now see Berlin, the polar bear rescued when June floods devastated the Lake Superior Zoo in Duluth.
St. Paul park officials said there was a 30-day quarantine period for the bear, but that he’s now acquainted with Como’s two resident polar bears, Buzz and Neil. All three are in Como’s Polar Bear Odyssey exhibit, which opened in 2010.
Como Zoo Director Michelle Furrer said:
“We are excited Como visitors can now be introduced to Lake Superior Zoo’s bear, Berlin. We’re very happy the Lake Superior Zoo is open and we encourage people to visit and support our friends in Duluth.”
Two seals from the zoo in Duluth are also on display at Como.
While the Lake Superior Zoo has reopened after the June 20 flood, there is still rebuilding to do, and it’s not known when the seals and bear will be returned there.
But zoo officials from Duluth have been to St. Paul to visit their exiled animals, said Matt Reinartz of St. Paul Parks.