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Electrical fault cause of fire at Chester zoo
Amano shrimps were among the animals killed in the fire.
Over £140,000 raised in donations from well-wishing public

An initial investigation into the fire at Chester zoo has revealed an electrical fault as the cause.

The fire killed numerous rare species of animals and insects including cinnamon frogs, tentacled snakes, betta hendra fish, question mark cockroaches, Amano shrimps and grosbeak starlings.

A JustGiving fundraiser for the zoo has so far gained over £140,000 in donations from the public.

Cheshire fire and rescue service are maintaining their investigation but so far believe the electrical fault to be accidental.   

Many animals were able to be saved through enticing them away from the flames with food. New homes have now been found in unaffected areas of the zoo.

Speaking about the investigation, Jamie Cheston, chief operating officer at Chester zoo, said: “We’re grateful that the fire and rescue service has been able to conclude its investigation into the cause of the fire so swiftly and would again like to thank them for their valiant efforts on the day, which helped us to rescue so many animals and minimise the extent of the damage.”

Lee Shears, area manager at Cheshire fire and rescue service, commented: “Firefighters and zoo staff worked closely together in an incredibly challenging situation to evacuate the building and rescue as many animals as possible.

“The professionalism and expertise of the staff at the zoo meant that many precious species were saved.”

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New road sign to protect small wildlife

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 Transport secretary Chris Grayling has unveiled a new road sign to help cut traffic accidents and protect small wildlife, particularly hedgehogs.

Local authorities and animal welfare groups are being asked to identify accident and wildlife hotspots where the sign - which features a hedgehog - should be located.

Government figures show that more than 600 people were injured in road accidents involving animals in 2017, and four people were killed. These figures do not include accidents involving horses. The new sign will be used to warn motorists in areas where there are large concentrations of small wild animals, including squirrels, badgers, otters and hedgehogs.  

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Mr Brannan joined Zoetis and the NOAH board in 2016, becoming NOAH’s vice-chair in 2018 and replacing Gaynor Hillier as chair later that year.

He commented: “I am extremely pleased to have been elected by the NOAH membership and am proud to be able to represent our industry at such a critical time for the UK animal health industry. I look forward to driving forward our new NOAH Strategy and to working with our members, old and new, in the coming year.”