Two giraffes killed in ‘billion-to-one’ lightning strike in Florida zoo

Two giraffes died at a drive-through safari and amusement park in Florida after lightning struck them in a “billion-to-one” accident, the park announced on Tuesday 11th June.

The Lion Country Safari in South Florida said it was "deeply saddened" by the sudden deaths of Lily and Jioni, who died during a severe thunderstorm.

They were found dead in a pasture within their habitat about six weeks ago, but the cause of their deaths were a mystery until now. The safari shared the news in a Facebook post on Tuesday, telling followers that staff at the park were “devastated by this sudden and tragic loss.”