Giraffe at Wingham Wildlife Park near Canterbury dies following ‘accident’

Canterbury’s Wingham Wildlife Park has paid tribute to one of its deceased giraffes. The park said in a Facebook post that it appears Ron was injured in an accident.

It is said to have taken place in the sheltered accommodation overnight, although they are still awaiting the results of the autopsy. The wildlife park covers 26 acres of land and cares for over 200 species.

In a Facebook post, they said: “It is with very heavy hearts that we have to announce that Ron, one of our giraffes, has sadly passed away. It appears he was injured during a accident he had inside accommodation overnight, however, we are still awaiting autopsy results.”

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After being released on Wednesday morning (April 6), the statement has already received more than 2,000 reactions from people wishing to pay tribute to Ron. Some people even commented that they only saw Ron a few days ago and couldn’t believe the sad news.

Kaylee Marie Jerrom said: “We came to the park yesterday and saw the three of them together, such sad news thinking of all the staff at WWP. RIP Ron.”

Yvonne Youd wrote: “This is absolutely heartbreaking. So sad for all of WWP, you must be absolutely devastated. The three giraffes looked so good and so happy together.”

Meanwhile, Phill Capon said, “Our hearts go out to Ron and all the staff who work there and especially the staff who worked with Ron himself. So sad.”

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