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Published: Monday, 2/8/2010

Detroit Zoo becomes sanctuary for 1,100 animals seized in Texas


DETROIT - The Detroit Zoo is serving as a sanctuary to more than 1,000 mammals, reptiles, and spiders seized from a Texas exotic animal dealer.

The Macomb Daily reports the 1,100 animals at the Detroit Zoo were among nearly 27,000 animals seized Dec. 15 in the nation's largest exotic animal-rescue effort.

After a judge ruled the animals will not be returned to U.S. Global Exotics, zoo workers helped care for the animals for seven weeks at a temporary site in Dallas. Thursday, 1,100 of the animals were moved to the Detroit Zoo, including five wallabies, four sloths, and hundreds of reptiles, spiders, and amphibians.

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