Toledo Zoo animals affected by water crisis

Penguin swims at Toledo Zoo
Penguin swims at Toledo Zoo

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The Toledo Zoo says it’s using its own water reserves for the animals as drinking water for some 400,000 people in the region remains off limits because of toxins in Lake Erie.

The zoo says none of the animals has shown any signs of sickness but zookeepers are monitoring them. Flamingos are the only animals taken off exhibit Sunday as a precaution.

Officials say zoo restaurants and concession stands were closed and drinking fountains were shut off. The zoo’s restrooms were open, but hand sanitizers were available if visitors preferred not to wash their hands in the sinks.

The advisory has affected residents in and around Toledo, including parts of Michigan. The National Guard and other groups are helping distribute water brought in from elsewhere.

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