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Wed Jun 12, 2019, 06:35 AM

Two giraffes killed by 'billion-to-one' lightning strike at Florida wildlife park

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/two-giraffes-killed-billion-one-lightning-strikes-florida-wildlife-park-n1016556?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma

Two giraffes were fatally struck by lightning in a "billion-to-one" tragedy at a Florida wildlife park.

The deadly incident happened May 3, killing 10-year-old female Lily and year-old male Jioni, according to Lion Country Safari in Loxahatchee, about 20 miles west of West Palm Beach. The facility, which had 20 giraffes before the incident, describes itself as an amusement park and drive-thru safari.



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"Recent pathology results confirm that the giraffes did pass as a result of the lightning and that the manner of their passing was instantaneous," the park said Tuesday in a statement.

There are "numerous shelters in the multiacre habitat, if they choose to use them." But, the park says, there is no way to force any of the giraffes to use them during a severe storm.

"It's like a billion-to-one chance this happened to us and our poor giraffes, but we are looking at anything we can to improve upon" safeguards for the animals, Passeser told NBC News.

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Reply Two giraffes killed by 'billion-to-one' lightning strike at Florida wildlife park (Original post)
Dennis Donovan Jun 12 OP
Lochloosa Jun 12 #1
USALiberal Jun 12 #3
Lochloosa Jun 12 #4
USALiberal Jun 12 #5
Lochloosa Jun 12 #7
USALiberal Jun 12 #8
ToxMarz Jun 12 #10
Lochloosa Jun 12 #11
ToxMarz Jun 12 #12
lpbk2713 Jun 12 #13
samnsara Jun 12 #2
pazzyanne Jun 12 #6
csziggy Jun 12 #9

Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 07:05 AM

1. More like 10000 to one.

That's the odds of getting hit by lightning in FL.

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Response to Lochloosa (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 07:43 AM

3. Do more research! Not even close! Nt

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Response to USALiberal (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 07:52 AM

4. Your right. 3000 to 1 in Florida.

Of the 50 United States, Florida is the lightning capital. While the most frequent lightning strikes occur in the Tampa Bay area, the chance of being struck by lightning in Florida is 1 in 3,000 over the course of a lifetime.

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Response to Lochloosa (Reply #4)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 07:55 AM

5. Lol, add zoo animals to your logic! Nt

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Response to USALiberal (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 08:14 AM

7. They are taller. Odds go up

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Response to Lochloosa (Reply #7)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 08:47 AM

8. Good one! Thanks for the laugh!! (:

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Response to Lochloosa (Reply #4)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 09:10 AM

10. But there were two killed

So does that make it 3000 x 2 =6000 to 1 pair odds
Or is it 3000 x3000 = 9,000,000 to 1 pair odds

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Response to ToxMarz (Reply #10)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 09:17 AM

11. It was a baby. Probably nursing at the time so...

Technically just one.

But what would the odds be for the bolt to hit at the same time it was feeding?

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Response to Lochloosa (Reply #11)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 12:07 PM

12. It depends

Was it the left teat, or the right teat. Or just the odds on any teat.

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Response to Lochloosa (Reply #4)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 12:15 PM

13. I have read somewhere ...




That you are more likely to be hit twice by lightning in the same day than to win the Florida Lotto.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 07:37 AM

2. :(

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 08:02 AM

6. Nature can be cruel.

Beautiful animals. So sad they died in a freak weather occurrence.

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Response to Dennis Donovan (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 08:56 AM

9. Poor giraffes

About thirty years ago some friends of mine lost four horses to a lightning strike - one of which was a filly I had bred and raised. The horses were in a pasture standing near a tall pine tree - lightning stuck the tree then jumped to the four horses who were standing together during a thunderstorm.

The family immediately cut down every pine on their acreage, then put up shelters with lightning rods in every pasture.

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