Are giraffes more likely to be struck by lightning?


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Daryl Collins
November 11, 2019 8:36PM

According to a paper published in 2011 by one of the foremost experts on lightning safety, Chandima Gomes, "animals with a large separation between their front and back feet... are vulnerable to receive lightning injuries due to the dangerous potential differences that may built up between these feet, in the event of nearby lightning." The paper went on to say that taller animals like giraffes and elephants could be more susceptible to "side flashes," where lightning rebounds after striking a nearby tree.

Giraffes being long and tall, those two points seem to indicate that they’re more likely to be struck, but because the occurrence of lightning striking an animal is so rare, there is not enough numerical evidence to support the theory. According to Julian Fennessy, a Namibia-based conservationist and chair of the International Giraffe Working Group, "if you're in the wrong place at the wrong time you're susceptible—it's not that giraffes stand out like lightning rods."

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M Planchon
November 20, 2019 2:21AM
Giraffes are not more likely to be struck, as god blessed the rains down in Africa.
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November 22, 2019 1:07AM
it could happen but it is not scienticficly proven so we really dont know
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puplover 125
November 25, 2019 4:11PM
Not necessarily. They have more of a chance than we do but lightning usually struck things which are tall but mainly metal things.
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Elizabeth Lee
November 25, 2019 4:30PM
yes and no at the same time it depends if they are laying down or standing up.
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Maria Bethel
November 21, 2019 11:39PM
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Kimberly kephart
November 22, 2019 10:31PM
probely becoseof theirlong necks
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José Sidenei de Melo
November 24, 2019 3:49PM
What causes something to be struck by a lightining bolt is the best path it can find to penetrate the earth, and this includes several factors. The height of a giraffe or elephant do not matter at all.
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Julianne Williams
November 24, 2019 8:36PM
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Jonathan Best
November 24, 2019 10:19PM
Well it ll depends on what type of lighting but it is possible they could get strck by lightning
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Soph The Weird
December 01, 2019 3:25AM
I'm not a giraffe-ologist but I'm going to guess, probably not.
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Lucinda Schooley
November 30, 2019 6:54AM
can reach 19 feet tall, meaning giraffes tower over the savannah they live in. So do they get struck by lightning more than other, shorter animals?.. i feel bad for those animals
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Dennis Canum
November 25, 2019 5:15PM
No they are not, because their hoofs have rubber like material in them. Therefore it is less likely to be struck by lightning.
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Sonya Black
November 25, 2019 11:28PM
If they are in the open yes. So most likely yes because they they are taller then most trees where they live.
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Hello Kitty Berry
November 25, 2019 11:50PM
So do giraffes get struck by lightning at higher rates? Intuitively, the obvious answer is "yes." Standing between fourteen and nineteen feet tall when fully grown, giraffes tower above the savannah and open woodland landscapes where they dwell. Of course,?lightning doesn't always strike the tallest object in an area, but taller objects are more susceptible due to the shorter gap between the object and the lightning's point of origin.
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Cecilia Capece
November 26, 2019 10:47PM
no Lightning Safety and Animals: Case Study In 2016, lightning struck and killed a massive group of reindeer. Over 300 wild animals died on the Hardangervidda mountain plateau after a lightning storm passed on Friday, August 26, 2016.
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Emma Cockling
November 27, 2019 4:37PM
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brooklynn latella
November 25, 2019 4:06AM
yes well i think because it is tall :p
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Emily Dickieson
November 25, 2019 7:20PM
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26J Salazar
November 24, 2019 3:59AM
well. it depends on how the bad weather is.
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Natasha Moore
November 22, 2019 4:51PM
Probaly because trees get struck by lightning giraffes are as tall as some trees.
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Derek Landis
November 25, 2019 8:52PM
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Samir Amin
November 22, 2019 7:48PM
Yes because lightning will always strike the tallest thing in the area and giraffes are pretty darn tall so yea