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.
And we’re back! Thank you to everyone for your support over the past few days. The sky ride, restaurants and all exhibits are open for the public to see. The entire Zoo family and all of the animals here at #CMZoo are so excited to welcome you back! pic.twitter.com/NcI9SKWvtW
— CheyenneMountainZoo (@CheyenneMtnZoo) August 11, 2018
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’.