Santa Claus To The Rescue During Aquarium Fire

Francis YupangcoBy Francis Yupangco 3 years ago
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santa-fights-fireSanta and Ms. Claus took some time off from their very busy holiday season and helped battle an aquarium fire. Santa and Mrs.Claus were greeting children and checking out who had been naughty and nice at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Draper, Utah over the weekend. The honored couple were at the aquarium as part of the ‘Festival of the Seas’ event. The event gave children an opportunity to have their picture taken with Mr. and Ms.Claus at the Mountain America Penguin Research Center, which features the aquariums resident Gentoo Penguins. Conveniently, Santa was also a Utah Fire Inspector.Unfortunately, a fire broke out in the aquarium’s kitchens. However, Santa and Mrs.Claus quickly sprung into action, helping direct children and guests out of the aquarium. Meanwhile, firefighters were on the scene putting out the fire. “We just helped walk everyone down. Clearing out the upper floor, with all the employees, and getting everybody out and safe,” Mrs. Claus told local news outlet KUTV. Luckily, no one visiting the aquarium was harmed. And all the aquariums aquatic residents, penguins included, were unharmed. The fire was put out quickly and the power remained on, so all of the animals retained the appropriate living conditions. The aquarium re-opened to the public on Monday. You can even check on how the penguins are doing on the aquarium’s penguin camMORE

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Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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