It was two years ago today that severe flooding in Duluth liberated a number of animals from the Lake Superior Zoo, including Feisty the seal.
Though the flood produced many iconic images (view a top 10 list of them here), none surpassed a bug-eyed Feisty wiggling across Duluth's Grand Avenue while a car patiently waited for her. After the waters receded, Feisty, along with her sister Vivian, were transported from the flood-damaged Lake Superior Zoo to the Como Zoo in St. Paul.
Here's the full image we're referring to:
Sadly, Vivian died last year following emergency surgery, but Matt Reinartz, public relations manager for the Como Zoo, tells us Feisty is still chilling in St. Paul.
"Feisty is still at Como, swimming around," he says, adding that she's pals with Sparky, the iconic seal who has been charming Como audiences every day for 56 years. (The current Sparky is actually the zoo's sixth incarnation -- the maximum lifespan for a seal is about 30 years.)
(View a really cute 2012 slideshow of Feisty pics at the Como Zoo here.)
In the wake of yesterday's severe Twin Cities flooding, we also asked Reinartz if Como officials are concerned animals could escape like they did two years ago in Duluth.
"No -- we have a great drainage system and all [animals] have indoor spaces," Reinartz says. "The only exhibit that could flood is the flamingo yard, but they would just welcome more water."