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Andy Greder, St. Paul Pioneer Press , Published August 15 2012

Duluth polar bear displaced in flood back in the public eye in St. Paul

ST. PAUL — It was a bear of a trip, but the polar bear displaced by the flooding at Duluth’s Lake Superior Zoo can be seen at Como Zoo in St. Paul.

After torrential rain flooded her home in Duluth in June, and she was quarantined for 30 days, Berlin recently joined Buzz and Neil in their outdoor public habitat, the Polar Bear Odyssey Exhibit.

“It has been amazing to watch Berlin have the opportunity to experience things that weren’t available in her exhibit at our zoo,” Maicie Sykes of Lake Superior Zoo said in a news release.

The quarantine, which is standard for incoming zoo animals, was followed by a behind-the-scenes introduction to the other bears. Since Buzz and Neil are both neutered males, breeding is not possible.

Berlin is joined by two harbor seals from Duluth, Feisty and Vivian. The seals are on display at the Aquatic Animal Building.

Lake Superior Zoo keepers and staff have visited the animals often since the flood. It’s not known how long the animals will stay in St. Paul, zoo officials said.

“We miss Feisty, Vivian and Berlin,” Sykes said, “but we are grateful the staff at the Como Zoo continues to work with us on a professional level and allows us to be involved in their care.”