Hail hurts 14 people, kills 2 birds at Colorado zoo

Elias Hubbard
August 8, 2018

A second vulture was also injured by hail and is being cared for in a veterinary hospital.

Fourteen people were reported injured by falling hail at the zoo in Colorado Springs Monday afternoon, the Fire Department there said.

Videos posted on social media showed baseball-sized hail hitting the ground in Colorado.

Jenny Koch, the zoo's marketing director, confirmed a vulture and a duck were killed by the hail.

She did not immediately return a phone call Monday night to clear up the discrepancy.

All guests from the zoo were transported via public transit to the Cheyenne Mountain High School because the parking lot is full of vehicles officials deemed too damaged to drive.

The zoo will be closed Tuesday.

"Our top priority is always guest and animal safety, and there were around 3,400 guests in the Zoo today".

A busy United States zoo has been closed as officials assessed damage from a severe hail storm that sent five people to the hospital and killed two zoo birds.

A vulture and a duck both died in the storm.

The Colorado Springs Fire Department says at least eight people were being treated for traumatic injuries, but additional details were not released.

Sherri Wullschleger said the hail smashed the front window of her auto, knocked off the side mirrors and destroyed the sunroof.

The storm knocked out power to almost 2000 customers.

An Instagram user shared photos of the hail which fell at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018.

More than 3,400 people were stranded at the zoo because of the storm.

The storm knocked out power to almost 2,000 customers in the area, and heavy rain and debris forced the closure of U.S. Highway 24 west of Manitou Springs, The Colorado Springs Gazette reported.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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