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12 primates die at Texas sanctuary in winter storm power outage

Twelve primates — together with a beloved 58-year-old chimpanzee — died at a Texas animal sanctuary amid a crippling statewide power outage and traditionally low temperatures, the wildlife heart stated.

Primarily Primates, which homes tons of of animals previously exploited by researchers close to San Antonio, additionally misplaced a number of monkeys and lemurs as staff scrambled to arrange turbines to heat the sprawling facility, the sanctuary stated in a press release.

“Each animal issues to us and we’re devastated,” stated Priscilla Feral, president of the nonprofit Buddies of Animals, which manages the sanctuary.

Employees rushed to evacuate the primates and transport them to the San Antonio Zoo earlier than they succumb to situations sparked by the frigid climate and lack of electrical energy.

“Whereas the workers and volunteers work tirelessly across the clock to evacuate dozens of animals from the 78-acre sanctuary and use heaters and turbines to maintain the remaining animals protected – they’re additionally mourning the lack of roughly 12 animals, together with monkeys, lemurs and one chimpanzee,” the sanctuary stated.

A monkey seen at Primarily Primates in Texas.
A monkey at Primarily Primates in Texas.
AP Picture/San Antonio Specific-Information, Bob Owen

One of many primates  — a chimp named Violet who had beforehand been used for biomedical analysis — died from unknown causes amid the power outage, in response to the sanctuary, which famous she could have suffered a stroke.

”She was younger at coronary heart, outgoing and spirited,” the sanctuary stated. “She liked to discover her habitat, which sits up on a hill overlooking the pond at Primarily Primates, the place she had an incredible view of waterfowl and different wildlife. [She] additionally appreciated watching films and looking out at her reflection in her care workers member’s iPhone selfie mode.”

A primate seen inside a cage at Primarily Primates.
A primate inside a cage at Primarily Primates.
Jerry Lara/San Antonio Specific-Information/ZUMA Press

Ventilated propane heaters have since been arrange at the 78-acre wildlife heart, which was nonetheless with out power as of Thursday morning.

At the very least 9 individuals have additionally died in Texas after a robust winter storm struck the state on Monday.

“Every animal matters to us and we are devastated,” said Priscilla Feral, president of the non-profit Friends of Animals, which manages the sanctuary.
“Each animal issues to us and we’re devastated,” stated Priscilla Feral, president of the nonprofit Buddies of Animals, which manages the sanctuary.
Jerry Lara/San Antonio Specific-Information/ZUMA Press

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