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[Parenting] Are giraffes more likely to fit in with lightning than other animals?

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Inferno Graves, a recent user of the website Reddit, became a hot topic, posting "Giraffe fits more often in lightning than other animals."

A tallest animal or object, such as a giraffe, is more likely to hit with lightning because the distance between the object and the starting point of the lightning is shorter.

Animalologist Darren Nash said in a study, "Two of the three giraffes near Krugerdorf in South Africa were killed by lightning."

Kirin Vesti, who was in Disneyland, Florida in 2003, was also hit by lightning.

"An animal with a distance between the forefoot and hind paw is vulnerable to lightning because of the potential difference between the front and back hairs when lightning strikes nearby," said Chan Dima Gomes, an electrical engineer and lightning safety specialist at the National University of Putra in Malaysia.

In animals such as giraffes, dangerous currents can pass through important organs. Tall animals, such as elephants and giraffes, can be victims of adjacent lightning damage.

Lightning strikes a tree and then protrudes into the head of an animal nearby, or when the animal is in direct contact with the tree, a deadly current takes away the animal's life.

The odds of getting hit by lightning are not that frequent, but the risk of giraffes getting hit by lightning is actually higher than other animals.

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