London Zoo fire delays annual stocktake

The annual stocktake at ZSL London Zoo has been postponed after a fire that killed one aardvark and four meerkats.

All creatures great and small were due to be accounted for when the attraction's annual count kicked off on Tuesday.

But the stocktake at the capital's tourist hot spot was put on hold until February as a result of the blaze on December 23.

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The fire broke out in the animal adventure section of the zoo, destroying the cafe, shop and around half of the adjacent petting zoo, London Fire Brigade said.

The world-famous attraction reopened to visitors on Christmas Eve.

The annual count at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo has also been postponed until next month.