Zoo Fire Kills at Least 30 Animals in Germany

Tragic Zoo Fire

The flames engulfed a monkey enclosure that had also been home to rodents and birds.Credit…Alexander Forstreuter/DPA, via Associated Press

Dozens of animals were killed in a fire that started shortly after midnight on New Year’s Day and burned down a monkey enclosure at a zoo in Krefeld, Germany. Local officials said the blaze might have been caused by sky lanterns.

Candles and flowers were placed outside the zoo on New Year’s Day.Credit…Thilo Schmuelgen/Reuters

Krefeld Zoo said on its Facebook page on Wednesday that the fire had gutted the enclosure, calling it an “unbelievable tragedy.” Hours later, the zoo said only two apes had survived and were slightly injured.

“The chimpanzees Bally and Limbo miraculously survived the devastating fire,” the zoo said.

Orangutans are pictured at the zoo in Krefeld, western Germany. Picture: AFPSource:AFP

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