A zoo, which, like many others, was forced to close due to the pandemic, has just announced that it has found homes for all of its animals following euthanasia fears.

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Over the years, zoos have become more and more controversial...

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And today, many perceive them as inhumane and cruel. But things weren't always like this.

Zoos were once a very popular family attraction...

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And the excitement of seeing exotic animals in enclosures completely overrode the concept of cruelty.

Of course, there are many zoos out there that work as animal sanctuaries and reserves...

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And these sanctuaries take care of wild animals who are endangered or cannot survive alone in the wild.

But the majority of zoos are considered inhumane and inappropriate.

PETA, which is one of the world's biggest animal activist groups, campaigns strongly against zoos and keeping animals in "makeshift prisons" and they work tirelessly to allow these animals to live in their natural habitats.

Cages are no places for animals...

But sadly, zoos all around the world are now banking in millions of dollars and they are vital to numerous economies worldwide - especially in big countries such as here in the United States.

Activists have been working tirelessly for years now to try and rescue animals in captivity...

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But now, in the current climate, concern for zoo animals is greater than ever.

The global pandemic has caused worldwide lockdowns...

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And thanks to extreme social distancing measures, millions are now unable to go to work - including zoo workers.

Millions of zoos are now closed to the public.

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But unlike many other businesses that have closed their doors due to the pandemic, zoos simply can't lay dormant and lay off their workers.

The poor animals stuck in zoos still need to be cared for...

And zoo maintenance needs to be kept on top of, which requires daily workers.

Animal activists and lovers have been expressing concern over how these animals will be cared for...

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And when a German zoo proposed the possibility of euthanizing their animals - or even feeding them to one another - people began to panic.

This concept horrified many...

But luckily, the zoo didn't end up using this barbaric means of feeding.

Lockdown measures are gradually being lifted all around the world...

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But that doesn't mean that zoos still aren't in trouble.

Many zoos have taken a huge hit financially...

Including the Wild Planet Trust group, which owns several zoos in the United Kingdom.

Sadly, the trust was forced to close its Living Coasts zoo in the south of England.

The Wild Planet Trust said earlier this week that it would not be reopening its Living Coasts site - the Newquay Zoo - because they found it impossible to manage the "substantial maintenance" costs incurred during the lockdown.

They then presented a worst-case scenario...

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According to The Mirror, during a Q&A the zoo revealed that if suitable homes could not be found then some of the animals might be put to sleep.

A spokesperson for the Newquay Zoo had said:

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"In the unlikely event that we cannot find housing that suits their needs, we may need to the make the difficult decision to euthanize."

Naturally, people were horrified over the prospect...

But thankfully for us and the animals, the Devon zoo has found a kinder alternative.

A new statement from the trust reads:

"Following the announcement on Monday that Living Coasts in Torquay, Devon will not be re-opening as a visitor attraction following its closure during the current global coronavirus pandemic, Wild Planet Trust is pleased to announce that it has already found homes for its animals."

Every single animal will be relocated, with some traveling overseas...

"Living Coasts is part of a worldwide network of zoos and aquariums, and this community has come together to re-home the animals in their specialist facilities," the statement explained. "The animals will not be moved immediately as moving animals to other zoos and aquariums is a complex process."

Dr. Kirsten Pullen, Director of Conservation & Education, said:

"We needed to ensure that their new home is the right habitat, the right social grouping, and has the right experienced staff working with them."

The health and wellbeing of the animals is of the utmost importance...

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"We need to be sure the transport company is experienced and reliable, and they have all the paperwork ready for inspection. At every step, the well-being of our animals is key to a successful transport. In the meantime, Living Coasts staff will continue to care for the animals," Dr. Pullen said.

Simon Tonge, Executive Director of Wild Planet Trust, then added:

"I am pleased, but not surprised, that we have found homes for our animals so quickly. The zoo community is very networked and mutually supportive. Thank you to all our members and friends for sharing your concerns and I hope you are reassured that our animals are in the best possible hands."

We're thrilled that the zoo didn't end up resorting to euthanizing their beautiful animals...

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And we wish them the best of luck for the future. Keep scrolling to read about the pandas in quarantine together who finally mated after 10 years of waiting...