A baby zebra, born in March 2020, is dead after running in fear when celebratory fireworks were set off near her enclosure at the Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in Bristol. In a release, the organization detailed what is known about the tragic incident.
Noah’s Ark Zoo writes:
It is believed that Hope became spooked by the loud bangs of fireworks from several fireworks displays held locally on the evening of Wednesday 4th November. It appears that the fright caused the animal to bolt and she collided with the boundary of the enclosure. The post-mortem has revealed that this sudden impact caused her immediate death.
Managing Director of the zoo, Larry Bush commented:
“We’re feeling devastated by the loss of our young zebra Hope. She was so full of energy and life and she was a very healthy young zebra. It is such a tragedy that she has lost her life, seemingly as a result of fireworks being set off at nearby events which were intended as a celebration. We know this was not the intention of local organisers and people letting off fireworks but it does demonstrate in a tragic way the impact that fireworks can have on animals – whether this be zebras, horses, native wildlife or pets in our homes.”
Zoo staff is hopeful that the zebra’s death will make people think twice before setting off fireworks, and consider alternative ways to celebrate.
Rest in peace Hope.
(Image via Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm)
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