Wild day at the zoo

They opened the gates, and you came.

The Lake Superior Zoo’s free-admission day attracted 5,280 visitors on Thursday, the folks at the zoo tell us.

The free-admission day came on the one-year anniversary of the day the zoo was forced to close because of the flood of 2012. It was a gift to the community in recognition of the support the zoo received following the devastating damage that kept it closed for a month.

“We were very happy to see so many people visit the zoo today,” said Sam Maida, the zoo’s CEO. “It was a great day for all of us. Again, I want to thank the community for all they did to help the zoo out after the flood.”