Aardvark killed in fire at London Zoo

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Five animals have died in a blaze that had to be tackled by 70 firefighters at London Zoo.

London Zoo is on lockdown after a huge blaze ripped through the cafe - next to the beloved meerkats. It spread to an adjacent gift shop.

One aardvark has died and four meerkats are missing after a fire broke out at a zoo in central London early Saturday.

Fortunately, some zookeepers and staff live onsite, and they immediately worked to move the animals whose enclosures were threatened to safety.

A fire broke out at ZSL London Zoo. We'd like to reassure you that the fire is now under control.

London Zoo confirmed that that it will remain shut until further notice.

'We will update as quickly as the situation allows'.

The staff are now trying to assessing the situation in what a statement from the zoo called "difficult conditions".

Misha the aardvark was killed in the fire. The zoo had previously posted about her celebrating her birthday three years ago. Four meerkats associated with the same attraction, however, are still unaccounted for.

It is not clear if any of the animals are injured or have suffered any harm.

A zoo spokesperson told Sky News staff have been treated for smoke inhalation and shock.

Pictures showed the brightly-coloured Adventure Cafe with blackened walls and smoke pouring out of its windows.

The fire brigade said it had sent 10 fire engines and 72 firefighters to the scene and added that the cause of the blaze was under investigation.

The zoo remained closed to the public on what had been expected to be a busy day at the popular facility in Regent's Park.

Unfortunately, the zoo confirmed in a statement that a 9-year-old aardvark named Misha perished in the fire. "Distressed is an understatement". According to its 2017 inventory more than 20,000 call it their home.

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