A fire at a South Carolina animal park Friday claimed the lives of 27 animals, local news station WSPA 7 reported.
The animals died from smoke inhalation at Hollywild Animal Park in Wellford, Time magazine said, and vets treated 14 other animals for their injuries. The cause of the fire, according to investigators, was electrical.
On Sunday, the Greenville News listed the animals who had perished in the blaze: seven lemurs, four chimpanzees, four wolf hybrid puppies, three tortoises, two capuchins, two baboons, two mangabeys, one bear cub, one African crowned crane and one cat.
"At this point, we do not feel any animals are suffering. None were burned. The survivors are recovering from smoke inhalation. It appears it was a quick and painless death for the animals that died," Dr. Beverly Hargus, the Hollywild Animal Park veterinarian, wrote in a statement on the nonprofit zoo's Facebook page on Friday. "It is terribly tragic, but sadly, it is the kind of thing that can happen anywhere."
Kim Atchley, the zoo's director of marketing and PR, told the Greenville News, "Something happening like this will always cause people to think, 'Wow, should we be looking at something differently. What can we learn from this to improve.' And we're always looking for avenues to improve."