Safari animals evacuated due to WWII bomb find.


A WWII bomb find resulted in the evacuation of animals, staff and guests at a safari park in Kent.

Safari animals evacuated due to WWII bomb find.

On Monday 14th September, a WWII bomb was discovered at Port Lympne Safari Park, Wild Animal Reserve & Hotel in Hythe, Kent.

The bomb was uncovered by a construction worker who was working on site of Port Lympne’s new Giraffe Hall.

As a result of the discovery, animals, guests, and staff members were evacuated while the ordnance was dealt with…no mean feat when you’re talking about the safe movement of lions, wolves, bears, giraffes and rhinos!

Kent police were called to the scene, and Ministry of Defence explosive ordnance experts were summoned.

The police managed the liaison with the army to ensure the safe handling of the ordnance and the public cordon.

After careful examination, the army’s EOD experts confirmed that the device had already detonated.  They removed it from site.

 The Giraffe Hall can now continue its development, and when construction is complete, hotel guests will enjoy unrivalled views over the reserve, whilst being up close with these majestic animals.

To determine if there may be unexploded ordnance lurking beneath the ground on your site, contact the experts at SafeLane Global. 

Image source: The Aspinall Foundation 

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