The animals from the zoo in Minot, South Dakota were evacuated to higher ground, at a former furniture warehouse, during extreme flooding in the region. They have been living there for over a month while waiting to be transported to other zoos.
“They really designed an awfully nice little zoo in hours,” said Ron Merritt, executive director of the parks department.
It took a frantic search to find someone in Wisconsin with a trailer able to accommodate a giraffe. And it took quite a bit longer to convince the giraffes that the trailer was accommodating.
A lamb named Noah, after the proverbial animal rescuer, who, like the South Dakota zookeepers, led animals two by two to safety on higher ground, is allowed to wander around the menagerie.