Residents created a memorial in front of the Krefeld city zoo on Thursday to mourn as many as 30 animals killed in a fire on New Year Day.
The tragedy happened in the first hour of the New Year, when a paper lantern allegedly landed in the apes' aviary, burning the enclosure to the ground.
A resident Ilona Schieweck lamented the accident and suggested that a better spreading of the information... Еще about pyrotechnic items could have prevented it: «This should have not happened, it was prohibited objects, maybe the three women who caused this were not correctly informed.»
«Krefeld is in deep mourning for our apes,» she added.
A 60-year-old woman and her two daughters are being investigated over a negligent arson. They had turned themselves in saying they had bought the sky lantern online without knowing it was prohibited in Germany.
The 2,000 sq/m (21,530 sq/ft) monkey sanctuary which was built in 1975 used to be home for chimpanzees and orang-utans, as well as marmosets, acouchis and birds.