Eight exotic birds killed by hailstorm at Fort Worth Zoo

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Posted: Mar 17, 2016 6:23 PM

(Reuters) - Eight exotic birds were killed at the Fort Worth Zoo on Thursday by a violent hail storm that dropped ice pellets the size of golf balls, a zoo spokeswoman said.

Among the birds killed were five flamingos, a pelican, an ibis and a black-necked swan chick, said Alexis Wilson, the zoo's director of communications.

The hail that hit at around 6:30 a.m. also damaged roofs and skylights, she said, but almost all of the other residents at the 7,000-animal zoo were unaffected by the hail.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas; Editing by Sandra Maler)