Hail at Colorado Springs Zoo Injures 8 People, Kills 3 Animals

Hail at Colorado Springs Zoo Injures 8 People, Kills 3 Animals

The zoo also said Daisy, a 4-year-old muscovy duck, and a 13-year-old cape vulture, Motswari, were killed during the storm, and a second vulture death was later confirmed by the Post.

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs said that "two of our animals have passed away due to trauma sustained during the hail storm".

Zoo officials said that they believe the animal is underground or hiding at this time.

Some of the largest hail fell on the southern side of Colorado Springs with hailstones measuring almost as large as softballs.

The zoo is now closed and will remain closed for a damage assessment Tuesday.

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. The storm with baseball-sized hail hit as about 3400 people were at the zoo southwest of downtown Colorado Springs and cars in its parking lot were pummeled by the hail.

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Parts of El Paso County, where Colorado Springs is located, were hammered with hail Monday afternoon.

The massive hailstorm shattered auto windows in the parking lot and dented vehicles.

The storm made national headlines for unleashing softball-sized hail that damaged cars and sent five people to nearby hospitals, according to USA Today.

Jenny Koch, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo's marketing director, tells The Denver Post that two vultures and a duck were killed during the 15-minute hailstorm in Colorado Springs on Monday afternoon.

The Broadmoor Hotel and resort also was pounded by hail, and staff members are assessing the damage. None of the children attending zoo camp was injured.

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