The loss of life in any fire is tragic. To me it seems all the moreso when it involves trapped animals, unaware of what is going on and unable to escape. I recollect several zoo fires over the years, some accidental and some arson.
An alarm was raised at 04.00 Friday at the Karsruhe Zoo in Germany. Sadly it was already too late to save 26 animals which perished in the fire in the petting zoo. These included ponies, goats, sheep and alpacas.
The alerted zoo staff hurried to the zoo and were able to move other animals, which included the elephants and hippos away from the blaze.
The combined efforts of 100 firefighters and zoo employees were able to get the spreading inferno under control and prevent further loss of life.
I am sure I speak on behalf of the world zoo community in saying how sorry we are to the staff of Karlsruhe Zoo.