Hippo Makes A Break For It Amid Calgary Floodwaters, Heroic Zookeepers Intervene

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You may look at the devastation wrought by the flooding in Alberta, Canada and see disaster, but Lobi the hippopotamus saw an opportunity for adventure.

The floodwaters had risen to such depths at the Calgary Zoo that Lobi and his fellow hippos were able to swim out of their tank and into the public areas of the zoo. Lobi was eyeing escaping into the Bow River.

Zookeepers risked their lives to contain the hippos, and used cinder blocks to create a barrier that would keep them in the building.

The waters have now receded and the zoo is in the process of putting things back in order following the floods.

Find out more about this in The Toronto Star

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Steph Spencer

Steph Spencer is a freelance travel writer from Canada who has been held captive by the travel industry for over 14 years. An incurable smart aleck, notorious purple fanatic, hat person, and ukulele player of questionable abilities, Steph explores the geeky side of travel on her blog A Nerd At Large, and dispenses random quirkiness on Google+ and as @ANerdAtLarge on Twitter. She truly believes that anything is possible with enough determination and copious amounts of chocolate.

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