They warn, however, that an alligator is missing. One more reason for the remaining citizens to heed Mayor Nagin's warning to evacuate the city.
The animals came out all right because the zookeepers were deeply concerned about their survival and risked their own lives to stick around to make sure the animals made it through okay:
They are a stubborn lot, zoo people. They care greatly for their animals, and feel that the responsibility they have is one they take to heart.
Zoo curator Dan Maloney says he is confident the alligator will return, too.