Miami Zoo Closed Over Fears That Lions May Swim Over Protective Moats

Zoo Miami has been closed since Saturday over concerns about animal safety after torrential rains have flooded the southern-most section of Miami-Dade County.

According to the AP, nearby Miami Executive Airport had already tabulated more than 13 inches of rain in December by Tuesday morning.

The incredible deluge has made much of the park unusable and unsafe for human visitors.

According to the AP, fish from a nearby lake were spotted swimming under benches meant for human visitors and many walkways are underwater.

The more concerning issue for zoo officials is the threat to animal life that sustained flooding can have.

According to the Miami Herald, some animals, including the lions are usually kept from the public by a moat system. With the water at such a high level, the lions could easily swim across the moat and enter the public area.

“With a high water level, there is no longer a barrier,” Zoo Miami Communications Director Ron Magill told the Miami Herald. “In reality, most animals can swim.”

According to WPLG TV, the animals are being kept in their “night houses” so they remain safe.

WATCH: WPLG (Local 10 Miami) Report On Zoo Miami Flooding

The zoo could open again Wednesday morning as the region begins to dry out from the unseasonably large amount of rain.

Cover Photo Credit: Peter Harrison/ Flickr (CC By 2.0)

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