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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) - The St. Louis Zoo might not see its sea lions as clearly as it would like.

The zoo is concerned over a possible delay in the construction of an underwater tunnel for viewing sea lions, and President and CEO Dr. Jeffrey Bonner says the economy’s to blame.

Bonner says the the zoo won’t know until October whether Colorado company that is supposed to make the 38-foot acrylic see-through tunnel can complete the project on time for its planned summer 2012 opening.

He says the company has been hit with an onslaught of orders from Middle Eastern companies that were delaying projects through the recession.

“What we’re finding is in the Middle East a lot of new attractions, in general, are going in,” Bonner says.

The zoo has the $600,000 on hand for the tunnel, but they are now at the end of a long line of orders. Bonner says he’s optimistic about the 2012 opening, but for now he can’t be certain.

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