Two chimps left to burn

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THE burned bod­ies of chim­panzees Kip, 39, and Jolly, 32, were found in their en­clo­sure at Twycross Zoo in Septem­ber 2015.

A faulty ther­mo­stat sent the tem­per­a­ture of un­der­floor heat­ing soaring to more than 110F (43C). The aw­ful con­di­tions led to both chim­panzees hav­ing heart at­tacks and they were found dead by zookeep­ers in the morn­ing.

Ini­tially, the zoo said the an­i­mals had not died be­cause of the heat in their en­clo­sure.

But doc­u­ments seen by the Daily Mail show an of­fi­cial re­port from an en­vi­ron­men­tal health of­fi­cer in April last year con­firmed ‘heat stress’ led to Kip and Jolly suf­fer­ing heart failure.

The zoo of­ten is­sues press re­leases on an­i­mal deaths but did not do so af­ter the chimps were found. How­ever, while the in­de­pen­dent re­port found heat had contributed, it added: ‘The ther­mo­stat failure could not have been pre­dicted and there were no rea­son­able mea­sures the zoo could have taken to pre­vent the in­ci­dent.’

Twycross Zoo, in War­wick­shire, is fa­mous for pro­vid­ing the chim­panzees used in the pop­u­lar PG Tips ad­verts for 40 years.

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