Zoo closed af­ter storm buf­fets its way through

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Wild weather put Auck­land Zoo out of ac­tion this week.

Most of the dam­age caused by high winds on Tues­day night and in the early hours of Wed­nes­day morn­ing was limited to the Pride­lands en­clo­sure, a zoo spokesman says.

‘‘We’ve had some fairly big branches fall down in pub­lic ar­eas,’’ he says.

The zoo was closed on Wed­nes­day and parts of the af­fected en­clo­sure were ex­pected to re­main shut for days while the dam­age was as­sessed.

All of the zoo’s an­i­mals were safely con­tained dur­ing the se­vere weather, the spokesman says.

Most an­i­mals are moved in­side overnight any­way, he says.

Roger Cann of Re­muera, left: ‘‘The guy has spent a life­time do­ing pub­lic ser­vice and un­doubt­edly sees him­self as one of the good guys. Yet, in a mo­ment of fool­ish­ness, he has al­lowed him­self to leave some­thing am­bigu­ous and not dealt with this as he should have. That is a hu­man weak­ness and some­thing we are all guilty of at times. It is a shame for him but it is also nec­es­sary that people be held ac­count­able.’’ Ali Ethany of Re­muera, right: ‘‘I haven’t re­ally been fol­low­ing it in the news.’’

Photo: GETTY IM­AGES

Ma­jor blow:

Kevin Bu­ley in­spects an up­rooted eu­ca­lyp­tus at Auck­land Zoo.

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