The unthinkable has happened. Helpless animals at a Florida zoo have been struck down by a cruel act of nature. Caught outdoors when a sudden storm blew in, two beloved giraffes were hit by a sudden bolt of lightning and “died instantly.”
The incident occurred last month at the Lion Country Safari in Palm Beach County, Florida. Only now have zoo official released the details o what actually happened.
On Tuesday, park authorities released the sad news.
“We are deeply saddened to share the passing of two of our giraffe due to a lightning strike.
“Lily and Jioni were in the pasture in their habitat when a severe thunderstorm quickly developed 6 weeks ago.
“Recent pathology results confirm that the giraffe did pass as a result of the lightning and that the manner of their passing was instantaneous.
“The giraffe do have access to numerous shelters in the multi-acre habitat, if they choose to use them.
“The keepers and our whole team were understandably devastated by this sudden and tragic loss; out of respect for their mourning and the pending pathology results, we waited to share this information.
“We continue to mourn our two incredibly lovely and charismatic giraffe; they will both be sorely missed.”