‘Billion to One’ Lightning Strike Kills 2 Giraffes

Florida park says it couldn’t force them to seek shelter
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

(NEWSER) – Lightning usually strikes the tallest object in the area. Unfortunately for two giraffes at a Florida wildlife park, it was apparently them. Lion Country Safari in Loxahatchee says 10-year-old female Lily and Jioni, a 1-year-old male, were killed instantly by lightning during a storm early last month. The older giraffe was between 14 and 16 feet tall. The park says there are numerous shelters in the habitat that the giraffes can access during a storm “if they choose to use them,” but they can’t force the animals into them. “It’s like a billion-to-one chance this happened to us and our poor giraffes,” park spokeswoman Haley Passeser tells NBC.

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