In 'Billion to One' Tragedy Lightning Kills 2 Giraffes at Same Florida Wildlife Park

By Staff Reporter - 17 Jun '19 16:36PM

In what park officials called a "billion to one" tragedy, two giraffes were killed by lightning at a Florida safari park. Lion Country Safari in Loxahatchee, Florida, said Tuesday that recent medical reports confirmed that the giraffes died instantly last month when they were struck by lightning. 

"It's like a billion-to-one chance this happened to us and our poor giraffes, but we are looking at anything we can to improve upon" safety for the animals, safari spokeswoman Haley Passeser told NBC News.

The park said the giraffes, named Lily and Jioni, were in a pasture when the lightning hit them but that they had access to multiple shelters in their multi-acre habitat.

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