London Zoo confirms aardvark dead, meerkats missing after fire

Published: 11:02 GMT, Dec 24, 2017 |

An aardvark was killed and four meerkats are missing after a blaze tore through part of London Zoo early on Saturday (December 23), shutting the British capital’s popular tourist attraction until further notice as staff assesses the damage.

The fire broke out shortly after 0600 GMT at the zoo’s Animal Adventure section before spreading to an adjacent gift shop and cafe, near to an area where visitors can handle and feed animals, the zoo and London Fire Brigade said.

More than 70 firefighters took three hours to bring the fire under control while desperate keepers who live on the site in Regent’s Park in central London moved animals to safety. Some of the staff needed treatment for smoke inhalation and shock.

Ten-year-old Misha the aardvark, one of the attraction’s best-loved animals, perished in the fire and four of the meerkats were unaccounted for, said Dominic Jermey, the zoo’s Director General.

The attraction, the world’s oldest scientific zoo which dates its origins back to 1826, houses 20,166 animals, according to its inventory for 2017.

The fire brigade said it had sent 10 fire engines and 72 firefighters to the scene and added that the cause of the blaze was under investigation.

Your Comment

அன்புள்ள வாசகர்களே, நீங்கள் தெரிவிக்கும் கருத்துகளுக்கு நிர்வாகம் எவ்விதத்திலும் பொறுப்பாகாது. கருத்துக்கள் தகுந்த தணிக்கைக்குப் பிறகே பதிவேற்றம் செய்யப்படுகின்றன. எனவே நாகரீகமான கருத்துக்களை மட்டுமே பதிவு செய்யுமாறு வாசகர்கள் கேட்டுக்கொள்ளபடுகின்றனர். முக்கியமான புலங்கள் குறிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளன *




Type Comments in Tamil language (Press Ctrl+g to toggle between English and Tamil)