Large Hail Kills 2 Animals at Colorado Zoo; 14 People Injured
Large-sized hail killed several zoo animals in Colorado on Aug. 6 while also injuring 14 people, according to officials.
The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs said that “two of our animals have passed away due to trauma sustained during the hail storm.”
A 4-year-old muscovy duck named Daisy and a 13-year-old cape vulture named Motswari died in the storm, the zoo said in a Facebook post.
Videos posted on social media showed baseball-sized hail hitting the ground in Colorado.
The zoo also sustained serious damage to its infrastructure, and it will “evaluate the buildings and grounds at that time to determine when we can re-open,” the post read. About 400 cars were severely damaged in the zoo’s parking lot, the post said.
The Colorado Springs Fire Department said that 14 people were hurt, and 5 were taken to the hospital, CBS News reported.
“Our top priority is always guest and animal safety, and there were around 3,400 guests in the Zoo today. All have been evacuated and transported to Cheyenne Mountain High School where they can reunite with family members. Five guests were taken to the hospital with hail-related injuries,” the zoo’s post read.
Meanwhile, about 2,000 customers lost power in the area due to the storm. U.S. Highway 24 west of Manitou Springs was also closed due to rain and debris, according to CBS.
The Broadmoor Hotel and resort also sustained damage in the hailstorm. “It was a significant storm,” said Barry Brown, a hotel spokesman CBS reported.