Birds of prey die in blaze; Fire at safari park.
Byline: Chris Marzella
Two birds of prey at Blair Drummond Safari Park have been killed in a fire.
The fire took hold of an aviary within the Bird of Prey Centre at the park and a Ruppell Griffon Vulture and a White Tailed Sea Eagle were killed as a result last Wednesday evening.
Park manager, Gary Gilmour said: "The fire, which we believe was caused by a fault with our heating system, started in the corner section of the aviary in our Bird of Prey Centre.
"On-site safari park staff reacted immediately. The rapid response from Scottish Fire and Rescue ensured that the fire was quickly contained and extinguished.
"The fire has destroyed two aviaries and a store room in the Centre.
"Unfortunately, there was nothing that could be done to save the birds in these aviaries and a Ruppell Griffon Vulture and a White Tailed Sea Eagle both died.
"Our vet has checked the other animals in this section and we will continue to monitor their health. Early signs suggest that they have not been affected.
"Our bird of prey keepers Callan, Dom and Mark have a very close bond with the animals they look after and are understandable very upset at this event, as we all are."
Firefighters moved quickly to tackle the blaze to stop it spreading to surrounding aviaries.
The bird of prey centre remained closed to visitors on Thursday (March 29).
Planned Easter events over the weekend at the park went ahead as scheduled.