A nine-year-old aardvark has died after a fire broke out at London Zoo earlier today.

The aardvark, named Misha, was unaccounted for following the fire which began around 6am this morning.

Four meerkats are still missing following the fire and eight zoo workers were treated by paramedics for smoke inhalation and shock, after a fire broke out in a petting area.

Ten fire engines were rushed to the zoo after a call came in shortly before 6.10am, fire brigade chiefs said, with crews from Kentish Town, Paddington, Euston and West Hampstead called out.

The zoo, which is located in the north east corner of London's Regent's Park, is spread across a 36-acre area. It is a major tourist attraction in London, welcoming more than a million tourists each year, and it is usually open every day of the year except Christmas Day.

The zoo posted on Twitter, saying: "ZSL London Zoo is currently dealing with an incident on site. We will update as quickly as the situation allows."

A London Fire Brigade spokesman told Mirror Online that the fire had broken out in a single-storey building with a petting zoo nearby.

He also added: "What we don't know is what, if any, animals were involved."

Featured Image Credit: London Zoo

Chris Ogden

Chris Ogden is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from the University of East Anglia with degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing before completing his NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Journalism. Chris has previously written for the independent culture magazine The Skinny, among other publications.

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