13 monkeys die in fire at UK safari park attraction

Patas monkeys
Updated 02 January 2018
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13 monkeys die in fire at UK safari park attraction

LONDON: Officials say 13 monkeys have died in a fire at a safari park in England, marking the second major fire at an animal attraction in the last two weeks.
The fire started early Tuesday morning in the Patas monkey house at Woburn Safari Park, located 50 miles (80 kilometers) north of London. The enclosure is part of the African Forest drive-through section of the popular attraction.
The park said in a statement that nothing could be done to prevent the death of the 13 Patas monkeys. “Staff and fire crews attended the scene; however, devastatingly for everyone at the park, none of the 13 animals could be saved,” the park said.
Firefighters found the Patas monkey house ablaze with the roof caved in when they arrived. Officials said 90 percent of the building was damaged.
It took just over two hours to control the fire.
Early indications are that other animals were not injured. The safari park houses a variety of animals including elephants, lions and zebras.
The fire follows a Dec. 23 blaze at London Zoo that killed an aardvark and four meerkats. The cause of that fire, which badly damaged a cafe, has not been established.
The London zoo Tuesday postponed its annual animal census, which is required by law in order for the zoo to maintain its operating license, because of the fire.
Officials say the cause of the Woburn Safari Park fire is being investigated. The park will remain open except for the African jungle enclosure section.


US man charged after 3-year-old daughter shoots mother

Updated 20 April 2018
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US man charged after 3-year-old daughter shoots mother

  • Child's father left a loaded handgun between the center arm rest and the front passenger seat of his car
  • Shanique Thomas, who is seven weeks pregnant, underwent surgery and suffered nerve damage

MERRILLVILLE, US: A man in the US state of Indiana is facing charges after his 3-year-old daughter accidentally shot her pregnant mother with a gun he left in the woman’s car, police said Thursday.

Menzo Brazier, 21, of Michigan City was charged Thursday with two counts each of criminal recklessness and neglect of a dependent. He’s being held in the Lake County Jail in Crown Point.

Merrillville police said Shanique Thomas, who is seven weeks pregnant, told detectives that Brazier was inside a thrift store shopping Tuesday and she stayed outside in the car because she had a headache and was feeling ill.

“Thomas stated that while she was sitting in the driver’s seat she suddenly heard a loud pop like a balloon” and realized she was bleeding, police said in a news release.

A bullet passed through the driver’s seat, Thomas’ upper right chest, and the windshield, police said.

Brazier had left a loaded handgun between the center arm rest and the front passenger seat, according to police. Detective Sgt. James Bogner said the child “had no idea what she had done and she was very scared.”

The girl has been placed in protective custody along with a 1-year-old boy who also was in the car at the time.

Police said Thomas underwent surgery and suffered nerve damage. They didn’t comment on the condition of her unborn child.