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Sized Hail Injures Zoo Visitors, Kills 3 Zoo Animals

08 August, 2018, 11:08 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • Multiple injuries in destructive hailstorm that included baseball-sized hail

President and CEO of Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Bob Chastain said one of the zoo's younger meerkats is unaccounted for, but it might just be underground, as that is where its secure exhibit is.

The zoo said that one duck and two vultures were killed in the storm, according to KDVR.

"It was a hailstorm I've never seen before", Jenny Koch, the marketing director for Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, told KRDO. Five people were taken to the hospital for hailstone-related injuries, the zoo said.

The zoo will be closed on Tuesday so employees can take care of injured animals and fix broken windows and skylights.

There were about 3,400 guests at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Monday afternoon.

Besides those taken to the hospital, another nine people were treated at the scene, the Colorado Springs Fire Department said. Power line collisions and farmers poisoning animal carcasses to kill predators have largely eradicated the population.

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"We're still trying to figure out the extent of the damage and what needs to be done to reopen", she said. U.S. Highway 24 west of Manitou Springs was also closed due to rain and debris, according to CBS.

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

The Broadmoor Hotel and resort also was pounded by hail, and staff members were assessing the damage.

Authorities say at least eight people were hospitalized after being hit by large hail at a zoo in southern Colorado. Additional details about the victims and their injuries have not been released.

None of the children attending zoo camp were injured.

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