The new year did not get off to a good start for all. In The Near East people are suffering under a war, causing yet more destruction, death and people fleeing for their lives. In Australia the bush fires are out of hand, and many people and animals are in great danger. My thoughts go out to all, especially blog friends - keep safe. Thanks to all the heroes who fight the fires, and those who feed and help them.
Here in Krefeld, a little town on the other side of the Rhine here, there was also a fire tragedy in the new year's night. Three ladies, a woman and her 2 adult daughters bought Chinese lanterns from the Internet, and after writing their wishes for the new year on them, lit the lamps and let them fly. They apparently didn't know they are forbidden because of the fire-danger they present. They landed in the Zoo in Krefeld, one of them on the roof of the house where the gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans and apes live, and the house burnt down, together with more than 30 beautiful animals that lived there. Only 2 chimpanzees were saved.
When the women heard on the news what had happened they showed courage and went to the police and owned up to causing the fire, and they are as devastated as we all are here. Today I am showing some pictures taken there in the last couple of years when I visited the Zoo with Nathalie, a little tribute to these intelligent and sociable animals who had such an awful end:
Sorry about the poor quality of some of the pics caused by the reflections on the glass:
The oldest silver-back gorilla in Europe also died:
This artist worked with them:
It was wonderful to see how loving and social they were:
This has made everyone here very sad.
Have a great day, take care,
and thanks a lot for coming by!