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Animals are freezing to death at this sanctuary in Texas

February 17, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The Texas deep freeze is seeing casualties. Not only human ones. After rolling power outages plunged much of Texas into darkness early this week, animals at Primarily Primates, a primate sanctuary in San Antonio, froze to death in the winter weather.

(CNN)The Texas deep freeze is causing casualties among humans and animals alike.

After rolling power outages plunged much of Texas into darkness early this week, animals at the San Antonio Primarily Primates sanctuary froze to death in the winter weather.

"I never, ever thought my office would turn into a morgue, but it has," Brooke Chavez, executive director of Primarily Primates, told the San Antonio Express-News.

Chavez said she won't know how many animals have died until the storm subsides -- and forecasts have predicted more winter weather through Friday.

The sanctuary must decide which animals it can save

After the power went out early Monday, Chavez and her team of 12 sprung to action.

They began gathering generators, space heaters, propane tanks and blankets to keep their 400 animals warm, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

"I've never faced a decision like this," Chavez told the San Antonio paper.

Some went to the San Antonio Zoo and a sanctuary near the Oklahoma border.

Chimpanzees remain at the sanctuary -- 33 of them -- after proving difficult to transport, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

Continuous freezing temperatures don't allow houses and buildings to warm up naturally, and without power, Texans are forced to improvise for warmth.

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