Just a quick update to follow up on yesterday's post. Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies is safe! Aquarists were able to regain access to the facility and the animals are all safe and well. The facility is closed to the public at this time... not that I think Gatlinburg is about to be swarmed by tourists for a little while.
In unrelated news, Bei Bei, the giant panda cub at the Smithsonian National Zoo, is recovering nicely after life-saving surgery was necessary to remove a near-fatal blockage of bamboo in his intestines.
All in all, a lot for the zoo and aquarium community to be thankful for as November winds up.