Miami zoo reopens after flooding subsides

A vehicle drives through flooded streets caused by the combination of the lunar orbit which caused seasonal high tides and what many believe is the rising sea levels due to climate change in Florida. (Joe Raedle, Getty Images via AFP)
A vehicle drives through flooded streets caused by the combination of the lunar orbit which caused seasonal high tides and what many believe is the rising sea levels due to climate change in Florida. (Joe Raedle, Getty Images via AFP)

Miami - The Miami zoo reopened its doors to the public Thursday after closing for five days because of flooding that raised fears of lions and other large predators escaping from their enclosures.

Those fears proved unfounded, with the zoo having weathered the crisis without incident, although some exhibits remained closed to the public on Thursday.

"We are happy to announce that Zoo Miami will be open today," its website said.

The zoo closed on Saturday after heavy rains left some areas of the popular animal park underwater.

Zoo officials said at the time that flooding presented a risk that bears, lions and other big cats might swim out of their enclosures. None did, however.

The zoo has not been closed for such a long stretch since Hurricane Wilma in 2005.

December is already the second rainiest in Miami history since 1895, according to the US Weather Service.

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