Lightning kills giraffe at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Posted Thursday, July 24, 2003 4:52 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Lightning struck and killed a giraffe at Disney's Animal Kingdom as the animal roamed among tourists, company officials said Wednesday. The giraffe was 6-years old.

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Thursday, July 24, 2003 5:11 AM
Lightning strikes are happening a lot this year... Anyone else find it a little creepy? I know they happen all the time, but they seem to be coming up a lot around amusement parks and such these days.

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Thursday, July 24, 2003 5:20 AM
I think that's just the internet allowing to you know about it instantly, rather than hear about it word-of-mouth a few months later. Doubt that it's more than any other year.

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Thursday, July 24, 2003 5:25 AM
Florida, and South Florida in particular, is considered the lighning capital of the US. With as much outdoor activity as we have down here it is frankly a surprise to me that there aren't lighning strikes more often. The land is relatively flat so any tall object (ie a giraffe) is going to be susceptible.
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Thursday, July 24, 2003 6:01 AM
>The land is relatively flat so any tall object (ie a giraffe) is going to be susceptible

wahoo,
I don't believe something so obvious has ever made me laugh so hard before. I can picture antelope moms quickly herding her kids up... 'hurry, kids, get under geoffrey... its safer under there!'

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Thursday, July 24, 2003 6:11 AM
Actually, under something tall is the most dangerous place to be unless it is designed to provide protection. The classic animal death by lightning happens when cows seek shelter under a tree that is struck by lighting. Renderers usually get a sudden jump in business after a particularly violent storm due to this.
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Thursday, July 24, 2003 7:06 AM
Jim,

That is the common human death too. People hide under a tree that is either knocked down on top of them or they are shocked through the root system. Your best bet is to lie flat on the ground if you can't get indoors.

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Thursday, July 24, 2003 8:01 AM
I try hard to be indoors since I've been zinged twice, but then one of those was indoors.
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Thursday, July 24, 2003 8:14 AM
Impulse-ise said:

I think that's just the internet allowing to you know about it instantly, rather than hear about it word-of-mouth a few months later. Doubt that it's more than any other year.

That's part right. If you heard about every car crash, nobody would be driving.

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Thursday, July 24, 2003 8:42 AM
Joe, it is the time of year. Daily afternoon thunderstorms in Florida are practically written into stone.
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Thursday, July 24, 2003 3:09 PM
Wow, I was just there last Sunday... I bet i have some photos of the giraffe that died too.

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Thursday, July 24, 2003 3:19 PM
Oohh.. poor giraffe! I wonder how this happened? Don't they have like giraffe housing for storms? That's a shame. Does anyone know of any coasters that have gotten struck by lightning? I heard MF got struck once, but no one was on it. Anyone know anything?

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Thursday, July 24, 2003 7:10 PM
Coasters, get struck basically all the time. Well, at least tall ones. There big huge pieces of metal 200-300ft in the air. Power Tower gets struck on a regular basis too i believe, along with Space Needle. Also, Dragster was struck the night before media day.
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Thursday, July 24, 2003 7:40 PM
In related news, the family of the giraffe is suing Disney, as the park did not provide adequate warning nor safety facilities during the storm. The family was quoted as saying "Hey, it works in Ohio."
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Thursday, July 24, 2003 7:45 PM
Can anyone recall for sure whether the Magnum or Millennium Force has lightning rods at the top of the lifts? I sort of recall one at the top of Maggie.
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Thursday, July 24, 2003 10:25 PM
I was just at CP last week and by coincidence, the subject of lightning striking TTD came up as I waited out another "mechanical diificulty". A park manager told me that TTD does indeed get struck on a regular basis, sometimes as much as several times a week, but there is, most obviously and of course, a lightning rod at the top and it quickly dissipates the energy safely. Of course riders are, in general, safe from said strikes as the park knows well in advance when lightning is within 20 miles and shuts it down immediately.
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Friday, July 25, 2003 8:49 AM
Hey Wolf, could you explain your Ohio joke?

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Friday, July 25, 2003 9:39 AM
Uh, you run a PKI site and you don't get it?

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Friday, July 25, 2003 1:24 PM
Steel roller coasters don't need a lightning rod since the whole structure is a conductor. Several supports are grounded via a thick cable welded to them at the footing (try and spot these cables the next time you're in line). When a coaster is struck, the charge naturally takes the shortest distance to ground through the structure so riders are almost always safe

*** This post was edited by Rollerhammer 7/25/2003 5:27:42 PM ***

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Friday, July 25, 2003 2:00 PM
Uhhh . . . just what exactly do they do with giraffes and elephants when they die?

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