After Years Of Alarming Rumors, Inspectors Visited This Zoo And Were Dismayed By What They Found

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It’s a summer day in northern England and a team of inspectors is touring a beleaguered zoo. In recent years, the attraction has seen a string of disasters. Indeed, numerous animals have met with a grisly end as has one keeper. Now, the moment of truth has come: exactly what has been happening at South Lakes Safari Zoo?

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Owner David Gill had always loved animals. In fact, as a child, he became well known for his menagerie of goats, raccoons and wallabies. In Barrow-in-Furness, a town in Cumbria in North West England, he became affectionately known as “Dalton’s Doctor Doolittle.”

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True to his nickname, Gill went on to open his own animal attraction. In 1994 he was awarded a license and opened South Lakes Safari Zoo in Dalton-in-Furness, a small town just a few miles from where he grew up. Over the next 22 years, it would grow to become home to some 1,500 animals.

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