JUN 12, 2019 5:59 PM PDT

Two Giraffes Killed by Lightning Strike in Florida

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

Florida isn’t recognized as the lightning capital of the United States for nothing; in fact, quite the contrary. The state is particularly renowned for the frequent and dangerous lightning strikes that tend to manifest themselves during severe thunderstorms, and a seemingly-endless band of thunderstorms has ravaged the state of Florida as of late.

Giraffes in their natural habitat (not at the park).

Image Credit: Pixabay

While the rain was certainly needed to end Florida’s somewhat concerning multi-month dry spell, the lightning strikes that transpire during these thunderstorms pose a substantial risk to both animals and humans alike. Sadly, two giraffes that were situated at Florida’s Lion Country Safari park, named Lily and Jioni, learned this the hard way after being struck by lightning.

According to a public statement shared on the Lion County Safari’s Facebook page, both giraffes perished from the incident almost six weeks ago. Their passing was kept a secret from the general public until just this week, as the park decided to wait for the necropsy results to validate the actual cause of death before publicizing the information.

“We are deeply saddened to share the passing of two of our giraffes due to a lightning strike,” the park explained in their statement. “Lily and Jioni were in the pasture in their habitat when a severe thunderstorm quickly developed six weeks ago.”

Related: Genetic analysis shows that there are actually four different types of giraffes

According to the necropsy results, lightning was indeed the reason that these giraffes aren’t still with us today, and their deaths were instantaneous, which fortunately means that the animals didn’t suffer. The park went on to explain that the animals have access to a multi-acre habitat with shelters and that they can enter them on demand, but as it would seem, the giraffes didn’t opt to use their accommodations at the time of the lightning strike. Many animals often choose to reside outside of their shelters, as they don’t feel as claustrophobic when doing so.

“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,” the park added. “We continue to mourn our two incredibly lovely and charismatic giraffe; they will both be sorely missed.”

Related: April the giraffe gives birth to a healthy calf

Lion Country Safari is home to more than a dozen other giraffes, and while the two deceased will be undoubtedly missed, park-goers will still have several long-necked animals to look at while visiting.

Source: Lion Country Safari (Facebook), ABC News

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
JUL 23, 2020
Plants & Animals
Sharks Missing from 1/5 of World's Reefs
JUL 23, 2020
Sharks Missing from 1/5 of World's Reefs
Sharks of all sizes are vital to coral reef ecosystems, both as predators and prey. Shark populations have rapidly decli ...
AUG 03, 2020
Plants & Animals
Pollutants, Pathogens and Toxins Found in Shellfish
AUG 03, 2020
Pollutants, Pathogens and Toxins Found in Shellfish
Scientists used cutting edge technologies to assess how pervasive toxic or household chemicals and pathogens like plasti ...
AUG 12, 2020
Immunology
Is Gluten Becoming More Immunoreactive?
AUG 12, 2020
Is Gluten Becoming More Immunoreactive?
In recent years, the number of people diagnosed with celiac disease has increased drastically, even with many undiagnose ...
AUG 14, 2020
Plants & Animals
Tracking the Iconic American Bison
AUG 14, 2020
Tracking the Iconic American Bison
The Great Plains of Montana are home to one of the United States' largest land restoration projects, known as the Am ...
AUG 20, 2020
Plants & Animals
Flamboyant Cuttlefish Are Usually Understated
AUG 20, 2020
Flamboyant Cuttlefish Are Usually Understated
Cuttlefish are well known for their incredible camouflaging abilities; they can rapidly change the color and texture of ...
SEP 06, 2020
Technology
Can Math Determine The Sex of a Dinosaur?
SEP 06, 2020
Can Math Determine The Sex of a Dinosaur?
Can math tell us about the gender differences in dinosaurs? A new study published a novel statistical analysis that esti ...
Loading Comments...