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 are touring a beleaguered zoo. In recent years, the attraction has seen a string of disasters. Indeed, numerous animals there have met with a grisly end, as has one keeper. Now, though, the moment of truth has come: what exactly 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 therefore 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, then, 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, moreover, the zoo would grow to become home to some 1,500 animals.

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