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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo reopens after hail storm

Posted at 12:06 PM, Aug 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-11 19:43:47-04

COLORADO SPRINGS – On Monday, destructive hail ripped through parts of El Paso County- one of the hardest hit areas: the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

The storm, even turning deadly, killing 5 animals.

Several people also went to the hospital with injuries.

On Saturday, the Zoo opened its gates for the first time since the destructive hail made its way there.

In the storm’s path, it damaged dozens of cars, leaving shards of glass everywhere in the parking lot.

Some tourists even stuck around a little later than expected just to get a chance to see the Zoo Saturday morning.

In the entire history of the Zoo, this week’s closure is what officials are calling ‘unprecedented’.

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo Giraffe
Excited zoo goers greet giraffes Saturday morning at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo