CHESTER Zoo has been praised for keeping animals safe and well during extreme weather conditions this weekend.

As Storm Ciara battered the nation with strong winds and rain, animals at the Chester-based attraction were kept sheltered indoors and cared for as they enjoyed a ‘duvet day’.

The attraction announced it would remain closed on Sunday, February 9, due to the torrential rain and high winds.

A spokesman said: “The zoo is open as normal today, although some areas may be closed temporarily while our teams fix some very minor damage. The animals are all safe, and after their duvet day, continue to be well cared for by our team of expert conservationists.

“If you have any queries or are unable to travel due to the weather in your area, please pop an email to or call 01244 380280.”

People took to the social media pages of Chester Zoo to give hard-working praise for their work during the stormy conditions.

One posted: "Even though the zoo was closed and the animals were having a duvet day there is so much work that goes into cleaning and food prep by the keepers so all credit to those who worked in that storm yesterday and those working today fixing the minor damage."

A second said: "Even the animals need a duvet day! Well done to all the hard workers who worked through the storm and will do so as and when this snow hits. Absolutely incredible hardworking people."

A third commented: "Well done guys you made the right decision. Happy all the animals and staff are safe."

The zoo have also assured that refunds for anyone who had pre-booked tickets for Sunday would be available.