Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies reports animals are safe

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GATLINBURG, Tenn. – Thousands of people have evacuated from homes and businesses in Gatlinburg, and many were concerned about animals left behind at Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies.

There is good news, though. Mid-morning on Tuesday, the Aquarium posted on Facebook the animals are safe.

“For the safety of our employees and guests, all of our Attractions will remain closed until the evacuation has lifted. We have a team of Marine Biologists and Life Support Experts inside the Aquarium and are happy to report that the animals are safe,” the post read.

Ripley’s website was down as of Tuesday morning.

Roads into Gatlinburg are still closed. Outbound lanes remain open for those evacuating. Read more.