EXPIRED: 09/11/09 – Tweet, 18, the giraffe from the Toys “R’’ Us ads, died on the set of the movie “The Zookeeper’’ starring Kevin James after chewing a toxic tarp in his pen.
While giraffes are typically high strung and spook easily, Tweet seemed calm and cool to most that worked with him, which made him ideal for work on busy television and movie sets. He’d walk in and out of the equipment, look at overhead cameras and seem to wonder whether it was something to eat. Tweet seemed to enjoy the attention that came with film work.
Tweet’s film credits include “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective,” “King of the Jungle,” “Mighty Joe Young,” “Sheena,” and “Evan Almighty.”
PETA begged for CGI giraffes instead of Tweet, who’ll be voiced by Cher in the movie. Something to die over, I guess.