Beloved TV Star Giraffe Killed by Lightning

He's found dead at South African game preserve
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 10, 2010 2:04 AM CST
Beloved TV Star Giraffe Killed by Lightning
Hamley was 'like another actor, only taller,' said Dawn Steel, who plays the wife of the veterinarian whose family moves to Africa to start a game park.   (YouTube)

A beloved TV star giraffe has been killed by lightning on his South African reserve. Hamley, 7, has been a feature for the last 5 years in the popular ITV British series Young at Heart about a veterinarian and his family moving to Africa to start a game park. "We are all desperately upset," said producer Nick Goding. "It was a natural disaster, but nevertheless heartbreaking for everyone who has been involved with him. Hamley was a gentle, playful and charming animal. He will be greatly missed." A game warden driving visitors out to see Hamley found the young giraffe lying on the ground. "Nothing could be done to save him," he told the Daily Mail.
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