'Heartbreaking': Giraffes Killed By Lightning Strike At Wildlife Park
Tributes are flowing for a pair of beloved giraffes killed by lightning during severe thunderstorms in Florida.
Lily and Jioni were found dead inside their habitat at the Lion Country Safari in South Florida on May 3.
Their deaths have remained a mystery until now.
"Recent pathology results confirm that the giraffe did pass as a result of the lightning and that the manner of their passing was instantaneous," the park said in a Facebook post on Wednesday.
"The keepers and our whole team were understandably devastated by this sudden and tragic loss."
The pair were found close to each other.
The post confirmed the "incredibly lovely and charismatic" animals had access to "numerous shelters in the multi-acre habitat," but there was no way to force any of the giraffes to use them.
Within hours, the post had more than a thousand comments and hundreds of shares.
"Love and miss this beautiful pair," one user said. "Jioni's spirit was too pure for our world and Lily was the perfect mother."
"What a devastating thing to happen. Sending sincere sympathy to your entire staff for the loss of your beautiful Lily and Jioni. I'm sure they are heartbroken over this loss. Sending hugs to all of you," said another.
"My heart is broken... prayers and love to you all," a third responded.
The park responded to every single person who offered their condolences.
"It's like a billion-to-one chance this happened to us and our poor giraffes," Lion Country Safari spokeswoman Haley Passeser told NBC News.
The Lion Country Safari describes itself as Florida's only drive-through safari and walk-through amusement park and has over 1000 animals.
According to the site, giraffes are silently going extinct, with a 40 percent drop in their wild population in the past three years.
There are an estimated 100,000 left in the wild.