Two Giraffes Killed at Florida Wildlife Park Died From Lightning Strike: Pathology Results

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Two giraffes at a Florida wildlife park were killed instantly last month when they were struck by lightning during a sudden storm in the area, park officials announced Tuesday.

PALM BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA (FOX NEWS) – Two giraffes at a Florida wildlife park were killed instantly last month when they were struck by lightning during a sudden storm in the area, park officials announced Tuesday.

The Lion Country Safari said in a Facebook post that recent pathology results confirmed that the giraffes, named 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 severe thunderstorm “quickly developed” over the area.

“The giraffes do have access to numerous shelters in the multi-acre habitat, if they choose to use them,” the park said in its Facebook post. “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.”

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