Animal Kingdom Zoo in New Jersey Battles Its Second Serious Inferno This Year


Tragedy struck for a second time at Animal Kingdom in Bordentown, N.J., when a fire broke out at the privately owned zoo on Sunday. Several animals died in the blaze, including a room full of exotic birds and a giraffe whose newborn calf succumbed to her injuries later at an animal hospital.

The cause of the inferno is under investigation, but the incident comes just months after another fire took the life of one of the zoo's owners, Bridget Sipp. Her husband, Burton, expressed dismay at the latest turn of events, which could shutter the family zoo he built 30 years ago.

"It's the worst nightmare for someone to have. It's like part of a family, these animals," Sipp told ABC "Right now I'm going to have to say that if I don't get some financial help, it'll be the end of Animal Kingdom zoo."

While Sipp surveys the damage to an animal enclosure that collapsed during the fire, the zoo's seven remaining giraffes will be housed at nearby Great Adventure zoo. The irony is that the giraffes were being kept in the building to shield them from last week's unseasonably cold weather.

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