A fire at the Krefeld Zoo in Germany has killed about 30 primates. Authorities suspect the fire may have originated in the pyrotechnics launched late in the year.
“Our worst fears have come true. None of the animals survived in the monkey enclosure. But the gorilla garden has not been affected, ”the zoo said Wednesday in its Facebookneeding the famous gorilla Kidogo and "his family are fine".
Hours earlier, the zoo reported that the “inconceivable tragedy” had occurred shortly after midnight, when it was reported that the monkey enclosure, about 2,000 square meters in size, was plowing in fire, though without there is still confirmation that the animals had died.
The zoo, which opened in 1975, was home to primates such as orangutans and chimpanzees, as well as groups of older gorillas and other primates of different species.
The zoo said the causes of the fire are still unknown and police are already investigating, but WDR regional public television has advanced, citing firefighters, that the fire could have originated in the pyrotechnics launched late in the year.
According to The guardianThe police said the fire was caused by Chinese lanterns that were illegally launched during the celebrations and landed on the scene.
A police spokesman said three lanterns with handwritten messages were found near the enclosure and several witnesses reported seeing lanterns flying in the city's skies on Tuesday night.
The park, which thanked the many offers of help received over the next few hours, has not opened its doors this Wednesday, the first day of the year, saying officials are still in shock at what has happened.