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Roanoke to receive more than 100 butterflies due to government shutdown

By Nadine Maeser, nmaeser@wdbj7.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 11:17:22 AM EST
Updated On: Oct 15 2013 04:54:09 PM EDT
Butterflies will arrive in Roanoke on Tuesday

WDBJ 7

ROANOKE, Va. -

Thanks to the shutdown, Roanoke will be receiving some unique creatures on Tuesday morning.

A shipment of more than 100 butterflies is expected by 10 am.

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond usually sends them to the Smithsonian in Washington, DC for the winter.

Due to the federal shutdown, the Science Museum of Western Virginia has been approved to take care of them.

The executive director of the museum said this decision speaks volumes to the facility we have in downtown Roanoke.

"Our first reaction was that our friends at USDA and Washington must think well of us because they don't send the butterflies unless they know that you know the rules, you obey the rules and the butterflies are safe in your keeping," said Jim Rollings.

The public is welcome to attend the butterfly release at 11 am in Center in the Square.