Two Giraffes Died In May Lightning Strike At Lion Country Safari

Jun 12, 2019

Two giraffes at Lion Country Safari were struck by lightning and died six weeks ago, officials at the Loxahatchee nature park confirmed Tuesday.

Officials received pathology reports saying that Lily, a 10-year-old female, and Jioni, a 1-year-old male, died instantaneously after being struck on the evening of May 3, said Haley Passeser, a spokeswoman for Lion County Safari, The Palm Beach Post reports.

The park did not release the news immediately after the incident because officials wanted to confirm the pathology tests, she said, and also to give keepers time to grieve.