Officials at a wildlife park in Florida confirmed two giraffes perished as a consequence of a lightning strike and that the deaths were immediate.
“We are deeply saddened to share the passing of two of our giraffe due to a lightning strike,” Lion Country Safari posted Wednesday on social media. “Recent pathology results confirm that the giraffe did pass as a result of the lightning and that the manner of their passing was instantaneous.” Officials at the park in Palm Beach County say on May 3rd Jioni and Lily were in a pasture on when a severe thunderstorm suddenly matured. The Facebook post states giraffes have access to various shelters in the multi-acre habitat if they elect to utilize them. Phone messages left with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission were not promptly returned, thereby it was not clarified whether the state investigated the deaths of the giraffes. The park deems itself a ‘cageless zoo.’ Guests drive their vehicles down a road to view the animals.
The likelihood of becoming a lightning strike victim in the United States is 1 in 700,000. The chances in your lifetime of being struck is 1 in 3,000. Lightning is too capable of kill humans (between 1959 and 2033, 3,696 deaths were recorded in the U.S.) or trigger cardiac arrest. Injuries range from memory loss and personality change to severe burns and permanent brain damage. Roughly 10% of lightning-stroke victims are slayed, and 70% suffer critical long-term effects. In the U.S. each year around 400 people survive lightning strokes.
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