Babies add to population at Salisbury zoo

OCEAN CITY NOTES

June 05, 1994|By Susan Canfora | Susan Canfora,Special to The Sun

There are babies at the Salisbury zoo. Several animals have given birth, among them the black-handed spider monkey, black-tailed prairie dogs, two-toed sloths, guanacos and Canada geese. The prairie dogs are favorites among visitors, who were concerned about their safety during a heavy rain and flooding of the zoo several months ago. "We probably lost a handful of them during the flood but the babies are a good sign the colony is still intact," says Jim Rapp, education director at the zoo. The guanaco is a wild ancestor of the llama family and native to South America. Also new at the zoo are three fawns. The zoo is open daily. Call (410) 548-3188.

Plenty of changes since last visit

A visitor to Ocean City in 1941 returned for the first time since then and was amazed at how the resort has changed. In March 1941, the Merchant's Service freighter carrying Tom Kennington ran aground off the Ocean City coast around 59th Street, and he stayed aboard to help protect the ship in the face of an approaching storm. At that time, Ocean City "was nothing but sand dunes," says Mr. Kennington, a native of England who lives in Australia. After many years, he wrote to a newspaper address he had kept since 1941. The paper is no longer in business, but the letter got to Dr. Frank Townsend, who is associated with the city's Maritime Historical Society, which received the letter. The two corresponded, and Mr. Kennington came to visit Dr. Townsend and his family last week. "To stand on the spot where we were put up on the beach and look as far as the eye could see and see buildings and hotels, it was a bit awe-inspiring," Mr. Kennington said.

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