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Stingrays may replace dolphins at Minnesota Zoo

Minnesota Zoo officials say they will replace the popular dolphins with fish and stingrays in the Discovery Bay exhibit, MPR reports. Officials are mulling how they might best use $4 million the Legislature gave the zoo to renovate the tank.

At some point, the public might have a chance to swim or wade in the tank, MPR reports.

Some lawmakers have been critical of the zoo for its handling of the bonding request. The zoo publicly announced it was getting rid of the dolphins in the spring, only after it secured the state money.

The zoo lost a female dolphin calf named Taijah in February after a sudden and acute illness.

The two remaining dolphins, Semo and Allie, will be relocated in the fall so the zoo can begin renovations to the popular Discovery Bay exhibit.

The Pioneer Press recently had a slideshow of the dolphins.

Here’s some video of Taijah:

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April 17, 2014