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Colorado hail storm kills zoo animals, injures zoo visitors

07 August 2018

The massive hailstones rained down on the Colorado Springs zoo's visitors and animal exhibits - and sent crowds scattering for cover.

"It was hail the size I've never seen before", said Jenny Koch, marketing director of the zoo, to The Denver Post. Fourteen people were also injured in the storm, according to Colorado Springs ABC affiliate KRDO. The zoo will be closed Tuesday so employees can take care of injured animals and fix broken windows and skylights. A third animal - a vulture - was initially reported dead, but later turned out to be severely injured.

The Colorado Springs Fire Department says five people were taken to the hospital with traumatic injuries after the short but intense storm passed over Cheyenne Mountain Zoo on Monday afternoon.

It said about 400 cars were damaged in the guest parking lot, and all 3,400 guests were evacuated to nearby Cheyenne Mountain High School to be reunited with family members. "One animal was Daisy, a 4-year-old muscovy duck".

A powerful storm that pummeled a zoo in southern Colorado with large hail, injuring at least eight people, also killed three animals.

"We're still trying to figure out the extent of the damage and what needs to be done to reopen", she said.

An Instagram user shared photos of the hail which fell at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018.

WHOA!Bill shared this video from the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo of bears running for cover from the hail!

Crews are working to assess and clean up the damage from a major hail storm that moved through the Pikes Peak region on Monday afternoon at about 3:00 p.m.

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