A "substantial" number of reptiles and 12 animals have died in a "ferocious" blaze at a zoo in West Lothian.
The fire broke out in the reptile house of the Five Sisters Zoo at Polbeth, West Calder, at about 03:50.
Fire crews managed to stop it spreading but reptiles, 11 meerkats and an otter died. They were able to rescue a pair of dwarf crocodiles and a second otter.While readers of the above were naturally upset to learn of such tragic deaths, a majority of the reading population had no idea there was even a zoo in West Calder. Come to that, where is West Calder anyway?