2 giraffes killed by lightning in Florida: park

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Jun 12 2019 05:47 AM

2 giraffes killed by lightning in Florida: park 1
Lion Country Safari

MIAMI, United States - Two giraffes were killed instantly when they were struck by lightning in the southeastern US state of Florida, the park where they resided said Tuesday.

"We are deeply saddened to share the passing of 2 of our giraffe due to a lightning strike," the Lion Country Safari park, which is located north of Miami, said in a Facebook post.

"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," it said.

The park said that the giraffes have access to "numerous shelters in the multi-acre habitat."

But "if they don't choose to seek shelter, there isn't a lot we can do to encourage them to," park spokesperson Haley Passeser told the local WPTV channel.

With the death of the 2 giraffes, a male and a female, there are 18 remaining in the park.