Dozens of animals dead following zoo tragedy in Germany

A fire at Krefeld Zoo in western Germany has killed more than 30 animals, including chimpanzees, orangutans and two elderly gorillas, zoo authorities and emergency services said on Wednesday.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, police said.

Birds and flying foxes also died in the blaze, a zoo spokeswoman said.

A neighbouring gorilla enclosure, where a young family of seven gorillas lived, was spared from the fire, the zoo said.

The fire service said they were called at 0038 am (2338 GMT Tuesday) and arrived at the scene within minutes.

By this time, the monkey enclosure had already been consumed by the flames.

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