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Colorado zoo reopens 5 days after big hailstorm

August 12, 2018

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs has reopened five days after being pummeled by a hailstorm that killed at least five animals.

The zoo reopened Saturday after the hailstorm on Aug. 6 dropped baseball-size hail, injuring 14 people and damaging scores of vehicles.

The storm also killed two roaming peafowls, a peacock, a rare vulture and a duck.

A meerkat pup that’s been missing since the storm is presumed dead in a collapsed burrow.

Officials say the total cost of the damage from the storm is still being calculated, but the lost revenue from being closed is close to $500,000.

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