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    Fire in Five Sisters Zoo destroys reptile house

    NewsReptiles and amphibiansTuesday 16 April 2013
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    A zoo in Polbeth, West Lothian has suffered a serious fire in which many animals have died. These include meerkats, Reptiles and otters. There was also said to be a colonoy of over 500,000 ants that died in the fire too. Firefighters did however manage to save two dwarf crocodiles and an otter.

    The fire at the Five Sisters Zoo started at 3.50am on Saturday and claimed all the animal’s lives in the reptile house.

    Over 50 firefighters and 11 fire trucks were called in to tackle the blaze. This included specialist equipment as well as vets called in to assist with the wellbeing of the animals. The weather conditions did not help as high winds helped the fire spread. However due to the efforts of the firefighters the blaze was contained to a small area and did not spread to other enclosures of the zoo.

    The exact number of animals who died in the blast is not yet known because the structure is considered dangerous to enter.

    Lesley Coupar a spokesperson for the zoo described what happened ‘the worst nightmare’.

    ‘We're in the business of rescuing animals, giving a safe haven to animals. To look now at the shell of the reptile house and everything gone from there, it's just the worst tragedy ever.

    ‘There were dozens of animals inside the reptile house and they all died. Nothing survived.

    ‘The owners are obviously distraught, as are we all. We're all animal lovers. The Currans have put their lives into the zoo. They are distraught.

    ‘The only thing to be thankful for is that some animals from the reptile house were being temporarily housed elsewhere.'

    The owners of the zoo Brian and Shirley Curran were woken up by an alarm at 3.50AM and were the first to alert the emergency services. They are said to be devastated by the outbreak. They opened the zoo which had around 130 animals in 2005. Before this they had a garden centre with a few exotic animals.

    They are clearly devoted to animals as in 2012 they raised £80,000 to save three elderly bears from poor conditions in Belgium. The bears had worked in a travelling zoo all their lives and when the owner of the zoo fell ill then the Currans went to adopt them. The beers now life in a woodland enclosure that is said to not have been affected by the fire.

    The zoo is a non profit organisation and on the website lists a page where you can leave a donation due to the fire.

    No humans were said to have been injured during the blaze. An investigation will be launched as to how and why this happened. Full details of what happened to the animals will not be released until it is safe for staff to enter the affected building.

     
     

    Source: Daily Mail

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