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Around 12 primates have died after an animal sanctuary lost its power due to the historic Texas freeze.

Primarily Primates, a non-profit located in Bexar County, says it has lost around 12 of its animals including monkeys, lemurs, and one chimpanzee. 

‘We are devestated’

“Every animal matters to us. We are devastated,” said Priscilla Feral, President of Friends of Animals, which manages the sanctuary.

“We know this unprecedented Arctic blast is taking a toll on humans. We’re so grateful to the San Antonio Zoo staff for helping us transport and care for animals. As well as the more than 60 volunteers who have organized meetups and driven their 4x4s in treacherous conditions to bring us supplies. Their kindness brings some comfort during this nightmare. They are heroes, and so are our staff members.”

‘She was young at heart’

Amongst the deaths was a 58-year-old chimp named Violet. Reports say she didn’t die from hypothermia – but most likely had a stroke. 

“She was young at heart, outgoing, and spirited,” the sanctuary said. 

“She loved to explore her habitat, which sits up on a hill overlooking the pond at Primarily Primates -where she had a great view of waterfowl and other wildlife. Violet also liked watching movies and looking at her reflection in her care staff member’s iPhone selfie mode.”

Primarily Primates is still without power. It is asking the public for monetary donations, as well as food, camping lights, and other items. 

Texas freeze

The US state is currently experiencing ‘Arctic’ weather conditions – with storms leaving millions without heat, water, and power. 

Moreover, reports say an 11-year-old boy has died of hypothermia due to the harsh weather.

You can visit the sanctuary’s website here 

Liam Giliver

Liam is the former Deputy Editor of Plant Based News. He has written for The Independent, Huffington Post, Attitude Magazine, and more. He is also the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.