(RNN) - South Florida took a direct hit from the powerful Hurricane Irma, and for the most part, animals had to shelter in place.
Roosters evacuating Key West in paper burritos so they don't fight each other. pic.twitter.com/NANVWRLTmG
— Ken Webster Jr (@ProducerKen) September 8, 2017
Key deer have been spotted after the storm, Key West Finest posted to Facebook.
The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory said that the park came through the massive storm unscathed.
"Everything is in perfect condition," the park's post said. "There are a couple puddles of water just inside the front door but all else is absolutely perfect."
The park's resident flamingo couple, Rhett and Scarlett, are reported safe. A photo posted on Facebook shows them sheltering in a laundry room.
At the Dolphin Research Center, the staff who stayed behind to care for the animals said that all of the animals are safe after the storm.
Zoo Miami didn't evacuate its animals, it said in a post last week, because of the unpredictability of hurricanes, worries that the animals might be moved to an area that would end up being hit harder and stress the move could cause to the animals.
"These animals survived Andrew without injuries," the Facebook post said. "We've loaded up on additional food and water, our generators have been tested and ready to go. In addition, we've stored all cycles and removed debris."
Instead of riding out the hurricane in the bathroom, as they did during Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the park's flamingos will be huddled inside a steel and concrete enclosure.
Because you've got to find something to smile about after a hurricane... (Photo by Zoo Miami's Ron McGill during Hurricane Andrew) pic.twitter.com/YTCF7nu52S
— Lisa Murtha (@LisaKMurtha) September 11, 2017
Monkey Jungle reported structural damage from Irma, mostly from fallen trees damaging fences and roofs blown off of habitats. They also have no electricity to run the pump to bring water to the animals.
Miami Seaquarium's animals also sheltered in place, according to a Facebook post.
"Miami Seaquarium has been open at its present location since 1955 and it has withstood its fair share of storms," the park noted in a comment. "The park has an experienced and dedicated team working diligently to ensure our animals are safe."
This includes the 50-year-old Lolita, the park's only orca.
There's no word yet on how the Seaquarium's animals fared.
— Dolphin Project (@Dolphin_Project) September 11, 2017
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