In the German city of Krefeld, North Rhine-Westphalia, a gorilla who was injured during a fire in a monkey was shot. This was reported by the Daily Mail.
The male gorilla and the female orangutan, who were saved from the fire, received severe burns. Veterinarians euthanized the female orangutan, but could not cope with the gorilla. A police officer came to the rescue, with the permission of his superiors, he shot an animal with a submachine gun.
The monkey flared up on New Year’s Eve because of a Chinese lantern, which landed in the city zoo. The fire killed more than 30 animals, including five orangutans, a 48-year-old male gorilla, chimpanzee and several other monkeys, as well as birds and winged animals.
The culprits of the fire are three residents of Krefeld, who celebrated the New Year. A 60-year-old woman and her adult daughters learned about the fire from the news, came to the police themselves and admitted that they had launched Chinese lanterns near the zoo. They face fines or imprisonment for up to five years.
According to the head of the criminal police of Krefeld Gerd Hoppmann (Gerd Hoppmann), all three women give the impression of very responsible and reasonable people. He called their admission a bold act and added that they fear retaliation.
Chinese lanterns are banned in Germany.