53 lab animals rescued at fallen Mexico building

MEXICO CITY -- Mexicans are cheering over rescues of earthquake survivors, including a man who was pulled alive from the rubble of a partly collapsed apartment block Wednesday, more than 24 hours after the quake.

But there was also a rescue of animals trapped in building wreckage from the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that stunned central Mexico at midday Tuesday.

Mexico City police said rescue workers clearing rubble from a collapsed medical laboratory in the capital's Roma neighborhood found and removed 40 lab rabbits and 13 lab rats in the pile of beams and rubble left by the quake.

City authorities also announced that quake victims staying at city shelters would be allowed to bring pets with them, and several community groups have started to collect donations of animal food for affected pets. (AP)
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