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Minnesota Zoo 'open house' will allow spectators to say goodbye to dolphins

Allie is a female bottlenose dolphin, who also will say farewell to the Minnesota Zoo. AP Photo

The Minnesota Zoo will hold a special "open house" so spectators can say "bon voyage" to Allie and Semo, bottlenose dolphins that are being relocated so their tank can be repaired.

The dolphins will be available for viewing and photos in an informal setting Sept. 1 through Sept. 9, zoo officials said in a news release. Their typical training schedule will continue until the end of August.

The dolphins are moving to other "accredited facilities" so the Discovery Bay exhibit can be repaired after suffering saltwater damage. The animals will not return to the zoo because they need a larger social group and other dolphins are not available for purchase.

Six dolphins at the zoo have died since 2006, including Taijah, one of the pairs offspring and a stillborn calf.