Animal death toll rises from hailstorm at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo; operations resume Saturday

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Two more animals were killed during a strong hailstorm on Monday at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, officials said Wednesday.

A meerkat pup that was missing and believed to be underground has not been recovered and is assumed to have died from the storm. The meerkat was from the most recent litter and had not been named.

A peacock known as Snoop also died because of hail injuries.

The zoo previously said Daisy, a 4-year-old muscovy duck, and Motswari, a 13-year-old cape vulture, were killed in the storm, which injured 16 people.

Officials said other animals are improving after being injured. A veterinary team from Colorado State University will be at the zoo on Friday to consult on an eye injury to a Rocky Mountain goat.

There are still 101 undrivable vehicles in the main parking lot. They will be towed to the south corner if they are not removed by 5 p.m. Thursday.

The zoo said it will reopen at 8 a.m. Saturday for members and 9 a.m. for the general public. The normal seven-day schedule of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. will follow.

The zoo says it is fully covered by insurance, but the revenue lost from being closed for nearly a week will hurt. It is accepting donations on its website.

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