Hail at Colorado Springs Zoo Injures 8 People, Kills 3 Animals

A duck and a vulture were killed at the zoo by the hail storm.

The two animals killed were a 13-year-old Cape vulture named Motswari and a 4-year-old Mucovy duck named Daisy.

Softball-sized hail hit Colorado Springs, but the injuries were worse at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, where about 3,400 visitors needed to be evacuated.

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs said that "two of our animals have passed away due to trauma sustained during the hail storm".

About 3,400 people were at the zoo at the time, and dozens of vehicles in the parking lot were damaged. The zoo will be closed Tuesday so employees can take care of injured animals and fix broken windows and skylights.

Parts of El Paso County, where Colorado Springs is located, were hammered with hail Monday afternoon. Power line collisions and farmers poisoning animal carcasses to kill predators have largely eradicated the population.

The individuals were taken to hospitals, Colorado Springs Police said. About 400 cars were severely damaged in the zoo's parking lot, the post said.

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The storm also knocked out power to almost 2,000 customers and washed debris onto U.S. Highway 24 west of Manitou Springs. About 16 other animals were injured in the storm.

Guests at the zoo mainly took shelter on their own under whatever was nearby, the spokesperson said.

U.S. Highway 24 west of Manitou Springs was also closed due to rain and debris, according to CBS.

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

Several children who were attending the zoo camp on Monday weren't hurt, according to a tweet from the Fire Department. Additional details about the victims and their injuries have not been released.

Fire officials were asking that everyone at the zoo remain in place until they can be taken to a reunification center.

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