Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Hail at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado kills 2 animals

Softball-sized hail was reported in the area, but it was smaller at the zoo, which will be closed Tuesday so employees can take care of injured animals and fix broken windows and skylights.

KRDO reported that five people were taken to hospital after being injured in the storm at the zoo.

The zoo announced on Twitter it will be closed on Tuesday for cleanup.

Large hailstones injured at least eight people at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

All guests from the zoo are being transported via public transit to the Cheyenne Mountain High Zoo because the parking lot is full of vehicles that officials have deemed too damaged to drive.

A 13-year-old caped vulture named Motswari was killed in the storm along with a 4-year-old Muscovy duck known as Daisy, Koche said.

Nine people suffered treatable injuries and were later released.

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

Jenny Koch, the zoo's marketing director, told The Denver Post that two vultures and a duck were killed by the hail.

The storm knocked out power to almost 2000 customers.

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

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

The Colorado Springs Fire Department tweeted that the victims were being treated for traumatic injuries after a powerful storm passed over the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo on Monday afternoon.

Several children who were attending the zoo camp on Monday weren't hurt, according to a tweet from the Fire Department.

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