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An early morning hearth on the London Zoo has left an aardvark useless.
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Four meerkats and an aardvark housed on the London Zoo are useless after a hearth swept via portions of the power on Saturday.

Zoo officers prior to now regarded as the meerkats — brothers named Robbie, Norman, Billy and Nigel — as “unaccounted for” after the hearth destroyed the café, store and petting zoo. The zoo promised to observe the realm, however on Christmas Eve introduced it “must presume” the meerkats are useless. Meerkats are participants of the mongoose circle of relatives, the zoo stated, and typically reside in the deserts and dry open plains of Southern Africa.

A Nine-year-old aardvark named Misha additionally died in the blaze, most likely from smoke inhalation whilst asleep, in line with a autopsy.

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The zoo issued a commentary calling Saturday “a long and difficult day for all of us.” It reopened Christmas Eve.

“While it’s been heartening to hear the chatter of excited children back in the zoo again today, our work investigating all aspects of the fire continues,” the commentary stated.

London Fire Brigade crews — together with 10 hearth engines and 72 firefighters — have been referred to as to the zoo in a while after 6 a.m. and were given the hearth below keep an eye on at Nine:16 a.m. The hearth started in the Animal Adventure segment sooner than spreading, in line with the zoo. 

One firefighter won a minor wrist harm, and a number of other zoo staff have been handled for surprise and smoke inhalation. 

The hearth brigade stated the motive is below investigation, and the zoo stated it “remains too early to speculate.”

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