A giant aquarium in Berlin exploded in the lobby of a luxury hotel this week, spilling hundreds of thousands of gallons of water and 1,500 tropical fish — and injuring at least two people in the process.
As the BBC reports, most of the fish inside the AquaDom aquarium located in Berlin's Raddison Blu hotel have sadly passed away. However, news videos show authorities carrying buckets of water with some of the surviving fish out of the hotel.
Beyond the loss of so many fish, the tank explosion also resulted in extensive damage inside the hotel, as well as shattering the building's glass front doors and spilling out onto the street. As reports note, two bystanders were injured by glass from the tank.
Berlin’s AquaDom aquarium that was home to around 1,500 exotic fish burst early on Friday, spilling 1 million litres of water and debris onto a major road and injuring two people, emergency services said. https://t.co/qVtDp2TI6j pic.twitter.com/FDmx0Vzt5W
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Strangely, the AquaDom tank explosion wasn't the only animal catastrophe to happen in Europe this week.
Just a day prior, authorities at a zoo in Furuvik, Sweden shot and killed three out of four chimpanzees that had escaped their enclosures — because, as zoo spokespeople said, there wasn't enough tranquilizer for them all.
When these sorts of animal tragedies occur, there's often an instinct to "take a side" between the loss of animal life and the protection of human life. It's worth resisting that knee-jerk and putting these separate Scandinavian mishaps into perspective: that they were undeniably tragic incidents, but thankfully they weren't any worse.
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