>> An aardvark has been killed, and four meerkats are missing, after a fire broke out at London Zoo early on Saturday. Officials say, the blaze tore through buildings at the zoo near to an area where visitors can handle and feed animals. More than 70 firefighters took three hours to bring the fire under control, while desperate keepers who live on the site in Central London moved animals to safety.
Some of the staff needed treatment for smoke inhalation and shock. The zoo's director general confirmed that ten-year-old Misha, the aardvark, had perished. She was said to be one of the zoo's most popular attractions. The four meerkats remain unaccounted for. The attraction, the world's oldest scientific zoo, which dates back to 1826, houses more than 20,000 animals.
The zoo is now shut until further notice. London Fire Brigades say the cause of the blaze is under investigation.