On Monday evening, a severe hailstorm hit Colorado Springs, including the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, released footage has shown. People, animals, homes, and cars were all hit by “baseball-sized” hailstones throughout the region, and thousands evacuated.
The hailstorm broke through the zoo roof and killed five animals, and injured over a dozen of them, as well as 21 people, the zoo said.
Among the fatalities were Snoop, a peacock, Katy Perry, a peahen, Motswari, a rare vulture, and Daisy, a Muscovy duck. A meerkat pup has also been missing since the storm and was presumed dead in a collapsed burrow.
A statement released by a zoo spokesperson yesterday said: “Our team is participating in their final hail damage debrief before we re-open to the public tomorrow.
“It has been a rough week, emotionally and physically, but we are so grateful for the outpouring of support that we have received from our community.”
After five days of closure, the zoo reopened following confirmation that the hailstorm had passed.
The hailstorm was the second time the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo made national news in the past month. In July, the zoo’s 8-week-old giraffe calf Penny was euthanised by veterinarians after her legs splayed at 9 days old causing her agonising health issues.