- Associated Press - Monday, October 3, 2016

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Officials say recovery efforts are underway at the Salisbury Zoo, where an alpaca died last week amid flooding from heavy rains that inundated the mid-Atlantic region.

The zoo remained closed Monday, although water levels have dropped significantly and workers were returning animals to their normal enclosures.

Workers provided temporary housing to some animals during the flooding at the zoo’s health facility. Alpacas were released onto the zoo grounds when waters totally flooded the alpaca exhibit along the Wicomico River.

Zoo workers discovered a 15-year-old alpaca lying down in water early Friday. Officials say the animal was hypothermic and died Friday afternoon.

A post-mortem examination appeared to reveal the presence of fluid in the alpaca’s lungs. Officials believe that while debilitated by hypothermia, the alpaca may also have aspirated some water.

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