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Death of an Acting Giraffe Raises Science Question

A giraffe named Hamley, who regularly appeared on the British TV series Wild at Heart (which inspired the short-lived CW show Life Is Wild), was killed in a South African reserve on Monday by lightning strike. Lightning strike. Does this happen all the time?! How does an animal avoid lightning strikes when its neck is as tall as a tree? [BBC]

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