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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Minn. Zoo dolphins moved to new homes

  • The Minnesota Zoo had to relocate its dolphins to allow for major repairs to the zoo's 15-year-old Discovery Bay building after years of salt water damage.
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  • The Minnesota Zoo's bottlenose dolphins now have new homes.
    Semo now resides at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, northeast of San Francisco. Allie is at Brookfield Zoo in suburban Chicago.
    The Minnesota Zoo had to relocate its dolphins to allow for major repairs to the zoo's 15-year-old Discovery Bay building after years of salt water damage. That leaves the Apple Valley zoo with no dolphins in residence.
    Semo was accompanied by trainers and a veterinarian during his trip to California. Allie is owned by the Chicago Zoological Society and had been on a breeding loan at the Minnesota Zoo since 2008.
    Minnesota Zoo spokeswoman Kellhy Lessard tells the Star Tribune (http://bit.ly/T67e41 ) that Semo and Allie did not go to the same new home because "they were not a bonded pair."

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