Chester Zoo closed early due to high winds caused by Storm Ophelia

Large branch brought down on a pathway at Chester Zoo Credit: Julia Jones

Chester Zoo closed early today due to extremely high winds, which brought a large branch down on its site.

The zoo apologised for any inconvenience caused but said visitor safety and the welfare of the animals was our 'absolute priority'.

Grandmother Julia Jones from Stockport said she'd walked along the path with her grandchildren in pushchairs seconds before the branch fell.

She said staff who handled the situation calmly and professionally.

Chester Zoo said given the forecast their keepers were prepared for the change in the weather and all the animals were 'safe and sound'.

The zoo says it expects to open as usual tomorrow