Approximately 100 firefighters fought against strong winds Saturday to extinguish a fire at the Karlsruhe Zoo in southwestern Germany.
"There was a sustained wind of 20 mph and gusts close to 40 mph," said AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist, Rob Miller.
The fire killed all of the domesticated animals in the petting zoo, according to the AP. A total of 26 animals were lost including sheep, goats, ponies and a llama.
The zookeepers were able to lead the flamingos, elephants and hippopotamuses to the safety of a building away from the fire.
The zoo that was temporarily closed to the public will reopen for business as usual on Sunday with the exception of the petting zoo, according to Bbc.co.uk.
The fire is under investigation, and there is no known cause as of Saturday afternoon.
Snow will linger across parts of the northern Plains to the Upper Midwest as December begins.
December will begin with a roar across the Northwest as rounds of rain, mountain snow and even ice are in store this week.
Downpours will continue the threat for flooding across parts of southern India this week.
Tens of thousands will gather in rainy and mild conditions at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, for the 83rd annual Christmas tree lighting.
As the Northern Hemisphere plunges into winter, the night sky will come to life with several notable astronomical events throughout the season.
Rain will return across much of the eastern U.S. to begin the last month of 2015.
Snow fell for 5 minutes in South Florida in the Ft. Myers area.
Eastern Maine (1964)
Down east blizzard 12-18" snow, accompanied by 60 mph winds; 8' drifts. Record snow from Detroit to Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh, PA 8.5" snow, most for date Akron-Canton, OH 24" snowstorm Dec. 1-2 - biggest snowstorm on record Detroit, MI Record 19.2" snow paralyzed city.
Ohio, Ontario (1996)
A line of severe thunder storms moved across the state. In Cleveland, OH there was a 60 mph wind gust. An 18-foot tractor trailer was blown over on I-77 in Richfield, OH. In Guelph, ON a wind gust lifted the roof of a gym, where a church group was playing basketball. Residents of one neighborhood saw a car spinning on its grill like a top.