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Crews clean up the debris from Monday’s hailstorm as damaged cars sit in the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo parking lot in Colorado Springs, Colo., Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. Monday’s storm with hail the size of baseballs damaged more than 300 vehicles and injured guests and staff. Two zoo animals were killed in the storm, 13-year-old cape vulture Motswari and 4-year-old Muscovy duck Daisy. (AP Photo/The Gazette, Christian Murdock)

A Bruised Zoo: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo cleans up after savage hail storm

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The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is cleaning up Tuesday after a hail storm that killed two birds and sent five people to the hospital. Hail between about 3 to 4 inches (7.6 and 10.1 centimeters) — between the size of baseballs and softballs — smashed the skylights of several buildings, including some where animals are kept, on Monday at the Cheyenn…

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is cleaning up Tuesday after a hail storm that killed two birds and sent five people to the hospital.
Hail between about 3 to 4 inches (7.6 and 10.1 centimeters) — between the size of baseballs and softballs — smashed the skylights of several buildings, including some where animals are kept, on Monday at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Bob Chastain, the zoo’s president, said Tuesday that some workers were injured as they tried to get animals to safety.
The two animals killed were a 13-year-old Cape vulture named Motswari and a 4-year-old Mucovy duck named Daisy. There were 16 other animals injured but most were not seriously hurt, Chastain said. The most serious injury was an eye injury to a Rocky Mountain goat and three other animals suffered welts from the hail in injuries classified as medium, he said.
Chastain said no animals escaped. A young meerkat still hasn’t been seen but Chastain said the animals, which grow up to be about 1½ pounds (0.7 kilograms) burrow so it’s likely just underground.
The deaths and the injuries come a week after the zoo announced that it decided to euthanize an 8-week-old giraffe with medical problems.
Most of the approximately 280 car…
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