Maryland Zoo Has Losses Due to Snowstorms

BALTIMORE, Feb. 18 (UPI) — Officials say the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore will open as much as a month late because of building damage suffered during recent East Coast snowstorms.

Zoo officials said this month’s back-to-back blizzards caused at least $1.5 million worth of damage at the tourist favorite, prompting the zoo to lose income while paying for repairs and employee overtime, The Baltimore Sun reported Thursday.

“This is a big, big setback,” Maryland Zoo President Donald Hutchinson said. “We’re hoping that everyone who loves the zoo will help us bounce back.”

There was severe damage to two of the zoo’s aviaries and a long-eared owl escaped.

Mike McClure, chief curator, said zoo employees attempted to clear the snow, but they were no match for the heavy snowfall of as much as 30 inches.

“The snow was coming so fast we just couldn’t make any headway,” he told the Sun.

Hutchinson said the delay in opening will likely prove costly as the spring is typically the zoo’s busiest time.

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