Two Florida zoo giraffes killed by lightning strike

The giraffes were in their habitat when they were struck by lightning six weeks ago.
The giraffes were in their habitat when they were struck by lightning six weeks ago. Photo credit: Facebook/Lion Country Safari

Workers at a Florida zoo are distraught after two of its giraffes were killed by a lightning strike.

The Lion Country Safari says the giraffes, named Lily and Jioni, were in the pasture in their habitat when a "severe" thunderstorm quickly developed six weeks ago.

Pathology results confirmed they died instantly due to a lightning strike.

A post on the zoo's Facebook page says the giraffe's had access to numerous shelters in their habitat.

The zoo's keepers have been left devastated by the "sudden and tragic" loss, the post says.

"Our of respect for their mourning and the pending pathology results, we waited to share this information.

"We continue to mourn our two incredibly lovely and charismatic giraffes; they will be sorely missed."

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