Zoo animal death toll rises after intense Colorado hailstorm


The Broadmoor Hotel employee Carlton Burton shovels leaves and hail after a storm Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, damaged trees, vehicles and buildings in the Colorado Springs, Colo., area. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP)

One more bird has died and a meerkat is still missing and is presumed dead after a powerful hailstorm pummeled a Colorado zoo.

Jenny Koch, a spokeswoman for Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, tells The Gazette a peacock named Snoop died from injuries suffered in Monday’s hailstorm, and a meerkat pup that is believed to have burrowed underground hasn’t been found.

Koch said earlier this week that a 13-year-old rare Cape vulture named Motswari and a 4-year-old Muscovy duck named Daisy were killed. All of the other injured animals at the zoo are expected to recover.

The short but intense storm dropped baseball-size hail, injuring 14 people and damaging scores of vehicles. Koch says more than 100 disabled cars remain in the zoo’s main parking lot.

The zoo is expected to reopen Saturday.


Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.com

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