The long-necked creature who has appeared in Toys R Us commercials as Geoffrey, everyone’s favorite giraffe, is dead. And a federal investigation instigated by PETA indicates there’s foul play behind the fella’s death.
Tweet the giraffe was at a zoo in Boston for filming The Zookeeper with Kevin James when the Gainesville Sun reports he collapsed and died.
Owned by Animals in Motion, a company that supplies exotic animals for use in films and commercials, Tweet was a kid favorite for his apperances not just as Geoffrey but in kid flicks such as Mighty Joe Young.
Animal Humane, a group responsible for overseeing animal treatment when they appear in movies, as said there was no maltreatment. But animal activists at PETA, who have long made their displeasure with Zookeeper known, are not convinced (come on, are you surprised? I’m a vegeterian whose dog sleeps with her half the time, and I don’t think I could make PETA happy). Citing a mystery whistleblower, PETA alleges poor Tweet was kept in a pen that was significantly under-sized for a giraffe and was left alone while eating a tarp which he then allegedly choked on.
Results of necropsies are pending. Giraffes in zoos generally live around twenty-five years or more; Tweet was just a kid at eighteen.
May he always be a Toys R Us kid.
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