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Toledo Zoo: animals kept under quality care during water crisis

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

While the water crisis was affecting hundreds of thousands of people, many of our viewers reached out to us about the safety of the animals at the Toledo Zoo.

The zoo reported to us that none of the animals suffered any illness or difficulty during the crisis, and they are continuing to be monitored closely.

Toledo Zoo Executive Director Jeff Sailer says he's relieved the water advisory has been lifted in the county, because even though the animals have been well taken care of, it's still been quite an inconvenience.

"We've been able to bring in water for them to be able to drink, so the animals really have been fine this entire time," Sailer said.  "It's just been a lot of work for us, trucking in the water."

Sailer says it took multiple trips in a truck with a 400 gallon tank to get the almost 2,000 gallons needed daily for the animals, and that's just for drinking water.  Even more water is used for pools.

"We've been able through some very nice individuals in the county to make use of their wells," Sailer said.

The Jerusalem Township Fire Department also assisted in delivering water.

The water crisis forced the zoo to close on Saturday.  Sailer says it was disappointing but necessary for the safety of their visitors.  The zoo opened back up on Sunday with its restaurants remaining closed.

Knowing the advisory has been lifted brings solace to the man in charge.

"It's a great relief," said Sailer.

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