Two giraffes in a Florida wildlife park were killed instantly last month when they were struck by lightning during a sudden storm, Park officials said Tuesday.
The Lion Country Safari said in a Facebook post that the recent pathology findings confirmed that the giraffes Lily and Jioni died as a result of a lightning strike and the deaths were "instantaneous".
The two giraffes were in The Pasture at the Palm Beach County facility on May 3, when a heavy thunderstorm over the area "quickly came up".
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You have access to numerous shelters in the multi-hectare habitat if you want to use them, "the park said in his Facebook contribution. " The zookeepers and our entire team were understandably devastated by this sudden and tragic loss. Out of respect for their grief and the pending pathology results, we have been waiting to share this information.
Lion Country Safari calls itself a boxless zoo and is the only safari in southern Florida with 320 acres of land and more. According to FOX35, more than 1
The park breeds a number of rare or endangered species, including giraffes The Zoos and Aquariums Association's Survival Plan.
Parks' park spokesperson Haley Passeser told WPTV that the facility had a lightning detection system, and when the storm broke, officials opened the shelter area according to the standard protocol.
"We try to offer them a wide variety of choices, and in a case like the one in which we seek protection ourselves," Passeser told the TV station. "If they do not choose to seek protection, we can not do much to encourage them."
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Passers-by The Safari is currently reviewing its policies and procedures after the incident, which reportedly led some animal keepers to take "personal time-out," to process the events.
"It was just very tragic, natural effect, natural disaster, and it was very devastating to our staff and we still mourn it," she told WPTV.
The Sunshine State had the highest density of lightning strikes in 2018. Florida has the highest average of negative ground-cloud flashes per square mile, according to a study by environmental analyst Vaisala published earlier this year (24).
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Lighting usually hits tall objects like trees and skyscrapers because they're above them closer to the base of the storm cloud, according to The National Severe Storms Laboratory.
"However, this does not always mean that high objects are hit, it depends on where the cargoes accumulate," the agency said. "Even if the tree line is nearby, lightning in the open field can hit the ground "Strike from a distance of up to 40 kilometers from a storm cloud, even if the sky seems to be clear, so the NSSL states.
Fox News James Rogers contributed to this report.