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In this August file photo, Sumatran tiger Bugara shows his teeth to a crowd of spectators.

Zoo Day raises $66,000; Bugara the Tiger wins 'election'

Kroger and its customers have donated more than $66,000 to the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo from the Zoo Day fundraising event May 14, the company announced today.

Kroger donated $50,000 from sales on May 14 to the zoo, and customers at 15 area stores donated $16,540, Kroger said in a statement.

Bugara the tiger won a three-way fundraising election with Xiao the red panda and Hugh the penguin, the statement said.

It said Bugara received 6,061 $1 votes from customers, compared with 5,946 for Xiao and 4,536 for Hugh.

Kroger said the stores in Village at Coventry, on East Dupont Road and in Georgetown Square raised the most money, but did not provide details.

Since 1993, more than $1.5 million has been raised for the zoo at annual Zoo Day events at Kroger and Scott's stores.

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