Zoo Reopens After Tree Damages Monkey House

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    A tree crashed onto a home for monkeys at the Brandywine Zoo. NBC10's Deanna Durante reports. (Published Saturday, Jul 13, 2013)

    The Brandywine Zoo in Wilmington is reopening after a large oak tree fell on its monkey house.

    On Friday, around 2:15 p.m., a 3-foot-wide tree toppled over and crashed onto the zoo’s monkey house. The tree destroyed the roof and also caused a wall of the house to buckle over.

    No humans or animals were hurt in the accident. However, three smaller monkeys were placed under veterinary observation as a precautionary measure.

    Officials have not yet revealed what caused the tree to topple.

    Twenty-four monkeys and one bird were displaced as a result of the crash. The animals were temporarily moved to zoos in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

    The tree was removed from the badly damaged roof of the building on Saturday. Fire officials say the building will be condemned.

    The Brandywine Zoo is Delaware's only zoo and draws about 80,000 visitors a year.

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