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A boat of Biblical proportions is launched

The low-lying Netherlands is known for its overwhelming flooding.

Dutch builder Johan Huibers is prepared for the next deluge after completing a 20-year project — a full-scale, 427-foot functioning replica of Noah’s Ark.

Gazing across the ark's main hold, a huge space of stalls supported by a forest of pine trees, visitors gaze upon an array of stuffed and plastic animals, such as buffalo, zebra, gorillas, lions, tigers, bears, you name it. Elsewhere on the ark is a petting zoo with actual live animals that are less dangerous or easier to care for — such as ponies, dogs, sheep, and rabbits — and an impressive aviary of exotic birds.

"This boat — it's amazing," said Alfred Jongile, visiting from South Africa with his Dutch wife.

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