IDA Writing Alert: Giraffe dies in fire at Six Flags amusement park in Vallejo

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

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From: In Defense of Animals
Date: Sep 6, 2007 12:59 PM
Subject: Writing Alert: Giraffe dies in fire at Six Flags amusement park in Vallejo

The San Francisco Chronicle ran an article about the death of a giraffe at Six Flags Amusement Park in Vallejo, Calif. Please write a letter to the editor of the Chronicle explaining that animals don’t belong in amustement parks. Send letters to letters [at] sfchronicle.com.

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Giraffe Dies in Fire at Six Flags Amusement Park in Vallejo

By Marisa Lagos, Chronicle Staff Writer
Thursday, September 6, 2007

A 2-year-old male giraffe was killed in an early morning blaze at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo that also destroyed the giraffe barn, officials said today.

Two female giraffes had already escaped the blaze when fire crews arrived at the amusement park around 2:15 a.m. to find the barn engulfed in flames, Fire Department spokesman Bill Tweedy said.

“Fire was coming out of all the doors and the roof was gone,” Tweedy said. “They suppressed the fire inside the building … then discovered the third giraffe inside.”

Firefighters found Makonnen, the male giraffe, dead in his stall. Makonnen had been at the park since spring 2006, said Six Flags Discovery Kingdom spokeswoman Nancy Chan.

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