July 25, 2003
Betsy, a 6-year old giraffe was struck
and killed by lightning at Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom, said
company spokeswoman, Diane Ledder.
The giraffe had been at the Animal
Kingdom since 1998, when the park opened. She was wandering in the
Kilimanjaro Safari attraction when a sudden storm front moved in.
"To the best of my knowledge, it was a quick death," Ledder
The park has lightning rods placed throughout the safari area to
protect animals. Animals can also be brought inside during severe
weather, but the storm came through with too little warning.
Betsy was the first animal to die from a lightning strike at the
theme park. Zoos have lost animals to lightning in the past, although
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