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Movie star giraffe dies at Boston zoo

Posted: 09/15/09 at 1:21 pm

BOSTON -- A giraffe that appeared with Jim Carrey in "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" and starred in a series of television commercials for Toys R Us has died at a Boston zoo.

American Humane, an animal welfare group that oversees animal treatment on movie sets, said Tweet the giraffe died Friday at the Franklin Park Zoo where producers are currently filming the Kevin James movie "The Zookeeper."

The animal did not belong to the zoo.

The 18-year-old animal, which had no known health problems, collapsed in its enclosure while feeding and in the care of his trainer. Results of a necropsy are pending.

The animal welfare group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, alleges Tweet was mistreated and has asked for an investigation. American Humane denies mistreatment.

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