Lucky escape for giraffe who narrowly missed being struck by lightning
This is the moment a giraffe had a lucky escape – as he narrowly missed being struck by a bolt of LIGHTNING.
A group of 10 giraffes were trotting across the African plane in the middle of an intense thunderstorm when the electric bolt shot out of the sky – heading directly for one unlucky giraffe.
The incredible moment was caught on camera by Russian photographer Julia Sundukova, during the storm at Etosha Park in Namibia.
The dramatic backdrop of the dark, cloudy sky looming over the giraffes gave Julia an ominous feeling – and she was left gobsmacked when she saw a bright bolt of lightning shoot out of the sky, appearing to strike one of the pack.
Julia, 31, said: “The giraffe’s weren’t scared of the thunderstorm – they stood together in unity, whilst lightning struck behind them.
“This story is unforgettable for me – not just because of the wonderful animals, but because of the lightning which I caught purely by accident.
“It really looked like it was hitting the giraffe – at first I thought he was a goner!
“I’m glad he’s OK though.”