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Fire kills animals at Karlsruhe Zoo

The Local · 13 Nov 2010, 09:56

Published: 13 Nov 2010 09:56 GMT+01:00

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Fire broke out in the petting area of the zoo, killing all 26 animals kept there, including sheep, African dwarf goats, alpacas, Shetland ponies and Sardinian dwarf donkeys. It would seem only the doves which were housed there could escape.

By the time the alarm was raised, at around 4 am on Saturday, the petting animals had already perished, and strong winds were pushing the fire towards the neighbouring elephant enclosure, according to local news portal ka-news.de.

The zoo director and other keepers rushed to the scene and brought the elephants and hippos away from danger, into open enclosures. Apparently the animals were uninjured, but distressed by the night’s events.

Around a hundred fire fighters were at the zoo and managed to prevent the blaze from spreading but were still working on extinguishing it on Saturday morning.

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An investigation into the cause of the fire is expected to be launched by the criminal police as soon as they can enter the area. The zoo will initially remain closed, with a decision on when to re-open set to be made later this weekend.

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

15:42 November 13, 2010 by marimay
I do not like zoos but the ones here in germany seem to be a lot worse.
18:47 November 13, 2010 by beautifulworld
Zoos disgust me. why condemn animals to a life of misery and solitude?

Why remove them from their natural habitats and cramp them in small rooms?
20:01 November 13, 2010 by ReaderX
"Why remove them from their natural habitats and cramp them in small rooms?"

While zoos may not be the best places for animals to be, in the wild where poachers will kill them for their furs, skin, horns or tusks may also not be much better.
01:35 November 16, 2010 by DEACON6825
At Texas Zoo's, beside the name of the Animal, they have receipts.
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