LOXAHATCHEE, Fla. (AP) — Officials at a Florida wildlife park say two giraffes that died last month were killed by lightning.
Lion Country Safari posted Tuesday on Facebook that recent pathology results confirmed that the giraffes died as a result of a lightning strike and that the deaths were instantaneous.
"We are deeply saddened to share the passing of two of our giraffe due to a lightning strike," the wildlife park wrote. "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 facility in Palm Beach County say Lily and Jioni were in a pasture on May 3 when a severe thunderstorm quickly developed. The Facebook post says giraffes have access to numerous shelters in the multi-acre habitat if they choose to use them.
Telephone messages left with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission weren't immediately returned, so it wasn't clear whether the state investigated the giraffe deaths.
The park calls itself a cageless zoo. Visitors drive their cars down a road to see the animals.