Young zebra born at start of lockdown killed by fireworks

Fireworks are believed to have been the cause of death of a young zebra born in March at the start of the first national lockdown.

Hope, the name of the baby zebra, was named by keepers at the time because the world seemed bleak and the baby was a “symbol of optimism” back in March.
Hope appeared to have been spooked by the loud bangs from numerous local firework displays on the evening of 4th November and bolted but unfortunately hit the boundary of the enclosure and the sudden impact caused the death a post-mortem found.
Larry Bush, Managing Director of Noah’s Ark Zoo where little Hope was being raised, said “We’re feeling devastated by the loss of our young zebra Hope. She was so full of energy and life and she was a very healthy young zebra.
It is such a tragedy that she has lost her life, seemingly as a result of fireworks being set off at nearby events which were intended as a celebration. We know this was not the intention of local organisers and people letting off fireworks but it does demonstrate in a tragic way the impact that fireworks can have on animals — whether this be zebras, horses, native wildlife or pets in our homes.”
Jayne Gibbins, a senior keeper at the zoo, added “Her birth was a real high point for us in amongst the challenges of having to close the zoo for three months in support of the national lockdown and we are all feeling her loss greatly.” The zoo are now calling for change and urging people to understand the devastating effects that fireworks can have on animals. They said in a statement that “We really hope that people will not think hard and adopt alternative arrangements for celebrations, including silent fireworks or more animal-friendly options.”

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