On Thursday at the African Safari Wildlife Park in northern Ohio, ten animals were killed due to a fire, as per Danbury Township police.
Firefighters have reported to the Port Clinton park at 6:15 in the evening, after reports of a fire at a barn that houses animals, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.
Three red river hogs, three bongos, three giraffes and a springbok were inside the barn before the fire happened. Officer Carolyn DeMore with the Danbury Township Police have stated to reporters.
Accordingly, Holly Hunt, the co-owner of the park, told CNN that there are 300 more animals inside the park and that they have all been accounted for.
“We are grateful that our staff is safe and no one was injured, but the loss of the wildlife that we care for every day is tragic for our team members who love these animals,” park officials have said, as per Facebook.
The park is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday and thankfully, no human injuries were reported.
“It’s just gut-wrenching that this should happen,” Hunt further said. “Our team works so hard every day to care for these animals.”
Holly Hunt further stated that she owned African Safari Wildlife Park since 1974, after its opening in 1969.
“We are devastated by this loss of the animals we care for every day,” she said, appearing to choke back tears. “The team is just devastated.”