Lightning Kills Giraffe At Animal Kingdom

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  1. jjcollins

    jjcollins DIS Veteran

    Aug 26, 1999
    Disney's Animal Kingdom is mourning the loss of one of its animals this morning. Lightning struck and killed a giraffe there late Monday afternoon. A deadly lighting strike is a rare accident for Disney's Animal Kingdom. But we're being told it's quite common for giraffe out in the wild, probably because they're the tallest things out there. This deadly strike happened just after four o'clock Monday afternoon out at the Kilamanjaro Safari attraction.

    A source with Animal Kingdom tells us three truckloads of Disney guests, that's about 90 people, were out on the Savannah and saw Betsy the giraffe struck and killed by lightning. She'd been with Disney since 1998 and had become one of the safari's most beloved animals.

    The incident happened during a thunderstorm on Monday, but Disney says the worst of it didn't reach Betsy's area. Our source tells us that an on-site vet did an examination and determined Betsy died instantly and didn't even know what happened.

    Those who witnessed the incident, Disney workers and admirers of Betsy, can rest easy knowing she didn't suffer.

    jj......... :(
  2. Mrs Dazzle

    Mrs Dazzle <font color=009900>Florida-mad (well, mad full sto

    Mar 9, 2002
    :( :eek: Oh bless her little heart. I wonder if the other animals are affected by her loss.

    I feel for anyone who witnessed that - very upsetting.
  3. safcdl16

    safcdl16 Mouseketeer

    Dec 20, 2000
    Thanks, John.

    Poor Betsy and those people who winessed it - they must be traumatised.
  4. Minniespal

    Minniespal <img src="

    Jan 14, 2003
    Poor Betsy ~ At least she never knew what hit her.
  5. WDWfan uk

    WDWfan uk <font color=red>.... but you can call me Shirley :

    Aug 21, 1999
    It is very sad - unfortunately when you think about it, these wonderful creatures are nearly always standing by trees as it is their source of food - the worst place to be in a lightning strike :(

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