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Hamley's In Heaven

Hamley, a 7-year-old giraffe that's been a featured character in the British ITV drama "Wild at Heart," died after being struck by lightning during a thunderstorm Monday on the Glen Afric reserve in South Africa, BBC News reports.
Cast and crew are heartbroken by the news, producer Nick Goding tells BBC News, calling Hamley "gentle, playful and charming," and "a real character." Hamley had been a part of the series for five years and is in scenes that were shot for upcoming episodes. But even if he weren't, he wouldn't soon be forgotten. Stephen Tompkinson, who plays vet Danny Trevanion in the series, told the (U.K.) Daily Mail, "Hamley was the most unique of all animals and that is why we have worked so closely and why we've featured him so heavily in the series. He will be missed every day on the farm as he had such a presence. I hope that, as always, he will continue to look down on us." Dawn Steele, who plays Tompkinson's wife, agrees. "Everyone is so sad here, Hamley was a huge part of the show. We still cannot believe that he will not be wandering around set, trying to get into the make-up truck or trying to get into every scene he could!" It's obvious that this giraffe was well-loved in his short life. He'll be buried at the reserve, about 20 miles north of Johannesburg, park officials told the Daily Mail.


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11/12/2010 10:26AM
Hamley's In Heaven
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