COUNTY WHERE A FIRE OVER THEWEEKEND CLAIMED THE LIFE OFSEVERAL ANIMALS.
WMAR 2 NEWSJEFF HAGER HAS MORE ON THELOSS.30:51“When the fire broke outhere on Saturday, heavy smokewould follow and the captiveanimals were trapped and hadno way to escape” (TRACK) ITWAS JUST BEFORE EIGHT OIN THE MORNING ON SATURDAYWHEN A ZOOKEEPER MAKINGROUTINE CHECKS OPENED THE DOORTO THE REPTILE HOUSE AT THEPLUMPTON PARK ZOO AND BLACK,DENSE SMOKE CAME POURING OUT.IN A MATTER OF MINUTES,FIREFIGHTERS FROM RISING SUNARRIVED ON THE SCENE, AND ZOOPERSONNEL JOINED IN ALIF━SAVING MISSION TO RESCUEWHAT ANIMALS THEY COULD.(SOT━CharlineContreras/Animal CareSupervisor 18:21“We weregetting crates,blanket━just anything tohelp animals that we werestill able to bring out andsurvive so that way they weregetting immediate care.
So asfiremen were bringing out theanimals, I was directing staffwith what to do.
We wereproviding oxygen, for example,to one of our alligators.Others, we were trying to cooloff and slowly get their bodytemperatures back where theyneeded to be” (TRACK) LOST INTHE FIR’JEWELGOLD MACAW THAT SERVED AS THEZOOPRESENTATIONS FOR CHILDREN,’JUSTIC’JOURNE━APAIR OF HYACINTH MACAWS ONLOAN TO THE ZOO,’SHILOAFRICAN GRAY PARROT,’FLUFFYA BALL PYTHON AND A CORNSNAKENAMED’COLONEL PLUMPTONFORTUNATELY, RESCUERS PULLEDEIGHT OTHER ANIMALS OUT OF THEFIRE AND VETERINARIANS FROMMUDDY CREEK VETERINARY SERVICEARE HELPING TO NURSE THEM BACKTO HEALTH, BUT THE REPTILEHOUSE IS UNINHABITABLE FOR THETIME BEING.
(SOT━CherylLacovera/Zoo Director 14:19“Right now, we have to wait oninsurance companies and wehave to wait on what we canand caninspectors.
That all takestime.
Getting insurance moneywill take time.
We need torebuild as quickly as we can,because obviously we now haveanimals misplaced.
Theyin temporary enclosures to betaken care of until we canrebuild the Reptile House”(TRACK) IN ADDITION TO THEDAMAGE TO THE BUILDING, THEZOOWITH THE LOSS OF THE ANIMALSAFTER NURTURING AND CARING FORTHEM ON A DAILY BASIS.
(SOT)20:31“ItTheyItstaff kind of seeing how theyfelt, how they were there soitof hard when you come in andyou pass by.
You think aboutit” (HAGER S━UP) 31:09“Ifyouzoocan do so at its website or onits Facebook page.
We have alink to it on our homepage atwmar2news.com.
Reporting inCecil County, Jeff Hager, WMAR2 News”WE ARE 108 DAYS AWAY FROM THEPRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.
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