Donations target smashed after animals die in Chester Zoo fire

Donations to fire-hit Chester Zoo have more than doubled the target after it was confirmed not all animals could be saved from the blaze that ripped through its rainforest attraction.

The rush of financial support came as the the zoo's chief operating officer confirmed insects, frogs, fish and small birds died on what he described as "one of the toughest days in Chester Zoo’s long history".

Over £100,000 was raised as public generosity saw the JustGiving appeal surpass the £50,000 target on Sunday to help fund the Monsoon Forest recovery from Saturday's fire.

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Chester Zoo confirms animals died in "heartbreaking" fire

Chester Zoo staff say they are "devastated" some animals died in Saturday's fire.

The blaze broke out in the roof of the Monsoon Forest area, leading to an evacuation of visitors.

Today the zoo confirmed insects, frogs, fish and small birds had died in the fire.

At this stage it's thought the fire started accidentally

An appeal for donations had already raised nearly 75 thousand pounds.

This report from Ralph Blunsom

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