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Calgary Zoo Hippos Return Following Flooding

08/22/2013 03:06 EDT | Updated 10/22/2013 05:12 EDT

CALGARY - The Calgary Zoo's two hippos have returned to their home two months after they were forced out by flooding.

The zoo says Sparky and Lobi have returned to their pool at the African Savannah exhibit.

The complex was badly damaged in June floods that swamped Calgary and much of southern Alberta.

Water levels rose high enough for the dangerous herbivores to swim over the top of their enclosure and roam freely about the African Savannah building.

Zookeepers feared the animals could swim out of the building onto zoo grounds and escape.

Staff put up barriers to contain the hulking hippos.

The zoo has only partially reopened since it shut down during the flood. It has had to find new homes for dozens of animals, has shut down several buildings and laid off about 300 employees.

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