Two Giraffes Die After Being Struck By Lightning

Nature can be a pretty incredible place; full of surprises, mystery and bewilderment.

It's no wonder we're glued to our screens during documentaries like Planet Earth because it shows us places we could only dream of getting to visit. But sadly, nature can also be a depressing place where bad things happen to good animals.

So, it is our terrible duty to inform you that two giraffes in Florida have been killed after being struck by lightning.

The Lion Country Safari park has written on Facebook about the tragic event.Credit: Lion Country Safari/Facebook
Credit: Lion Country Safari/Facebook

"We are deeply saddened to share the passing of two of our giraffe due to a lightning strike," the statement read.

"Lily and Jioni were in the pasture in their habitat when a severe thunderstorm quickly developed six weeks ago. Recent pathology results confirm that the giraffe did pass as a result of the lightning and that the manner of their passing was instantaneous.

"The giraffe do have access to numerous shelters in the multi-acre habitat, if they choose to use them.

"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.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

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

The message has been liked, shared and commented on by thousands of people, all expressing their sadness and surprise that animals can go out this way.

But if you think two giraffes dying from a single lightning strike is bad, try hundreds of reindeer.

Yep - that's right, hundreds were killed in 2016 by a single strike in Norway.

The Norwegian Environment Agency released images of the reindeer carcasses and says 323 animals were killed, including 70 calves.

Credit: Norwegian Environment Agency
Credit: Norwegian Environment Agency

Elin Fosshaug Olsø, a spokeswoman for the Norwegian Environment Agency, said: "Our people in the field have found 323 dead reindeer, of which five had to be put down due to injuries.

"We believe all reindeer were killed as a result of one single powerful lightning strike, because of the way they were positioned. We have never experienced such a large number of reindeer killed by lightning at the same time before. This is as far as we know a unique incident."

Thousands of reindeer migrate across the barren Hardanangervidda plateau as the seasons change.

The BNO news website claims the number of animals that have died is thought to the largest number of animals killed by lightning since records began.

Featured Image Credit: Lion Country Safari/Facebook

Stewart Perrie

Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

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