Officials claim that no animals escaped from the Turtle Back Zoo during the storm.
As Ida’s leftovers moved into New Jersey, things became frantic. However, according to a zoo official, a social media report concerning the zoo is false.
WEST ORANGE, NEW JERSEY — As the leftovers of Tropical Storm Ida moved through New Jersey on Wednesday, things got a little crazy in Essex County and West Orange. Despite what you may have seen on social media, the animals at Turtle Back Zoo did not escape.
Tropical Storm Ida wreaked havoc on New Jersey on Wednesday night, producing strong tornadoes and substantial flash floods from south to north, prompting Gov. Phil Murphy to proclaim a state of emergency throughout the state. Flooding traps drivers, as tornadoes wreak havoc on New Jersey.
According to Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr., although the hurricane wreaked devastation and commotion throughout the state, the animals at the zoo remained safe and sound.
“The claim that animals have fled the Essex County Turtle Back Zoo on social media is categorically untrue,” DiVincenzo stated.
“TurtleBack is a certified facility that places a high priority on the care and wellbeing of our animals,” DiVincenzo said. “Our animal care team locked all of the animals inside in advance of Hurricane Ida, and personnel stayed on-site to monitor the situation. There was no power outage, and all of our animals and animal spaces fared well throughout the storm, remaining safe and secure inside the facility. “