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Giraffes and Lightning

Are giraffes at greater risk for lightening strikes due to their height?

That’s the question that one conservationist is asking after two giraffes were struck by lightening in a South African nature park.

During a storm, the first giraffe was struck in the head by lightening and the other, not far away, was killed by either step potential or a side flash.

No real study has been done on what animals do to avoid lightening. In this case, ducking or hiding in trees wasn’t an option as the giraffes were caught in an open field during the storm.

https://phys.org/news/2020-09-tall-death-giraffes-lightning-height.html

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