Krefeld Zoo apes cremated alive
The monkeys at Krefeld Zoo in Germany were burnt live in the fire in their shelter on the Saint-Sylvestre night December 31- January 1, zoo management announced. (Image: illustration)
“Our worst fears have come true,” wrote the zoo on its Facebook page. According to local police, more than 30 monkeys have died.
The cause of the fire is not been established yet, but there indications it was caused by the New Year celebrations fireworks, the Taggespiegel newspaper said, citing WDR, the regional public media. The first emergency calls came shortly after midnight. An investigation has been opened.
The zoo will remain closed next days, while the employees being “in shock” after this “appalling tragedy”, according to management.