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Giraffe Walks Right Up to Car at Safari Park and Snatches Entire Box of Snacks from Inside


A trip to the West Midland Safari Park in Worcestershire, England, turned out to be a memorable and fun event for Courtney Merrell and her family.

The park boasts a host of exciting animal encounters, including a chance to see some of the “world’s most beautiful and critically endangered exotic animal species,” according to its Twitter page.

Visitors can enjoy a wealth of activities, including the popular safari drive-through, which gives participants an up-close-and-personal view of some amazing animals, including the giraffe.

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On Feb. 26, Merrell and her family drove their vehicle through the safari drive-through, delighted at the tall, elegant giraffes that walked casually between cars, searching for the people who came prepared with the best snacks.

With their windows rolled down, Merrell and her family held out their snacks to a beautiful giraffe who leaned right down into their car to have a bite.

Merrell was with her son and her partner, Brad, who became excited when the giraffe began eating straight out of his hand.

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The giraffe started out by taking a couple of small nibbles but must have decided it was about time to move on and quickly snatched up the entire box of treats in Brad’s hand.

“He took my box!” Brad cried. “He just took my box!”

The pair laughed at the giraffe’s boldness and quickly tossed the remaining handful of snacks in the giraffe’s direction — just in case.

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This is not the first time a giraffe encounter has been memorable, nor will it be the last.

In January, safari guests got to see a giraffe give birth at Disney World in the Kilimanjaro Safari Savanna, making for an unforgettable experience. While zookeepers initially tried to coax the mother to a more private location, the giraffe mom was more comfortable birthing her calf out in the open field.

A safari drive-through experience may look a little different for each family, but interacting with wildlife is a worthwhile memory that guests can cherish for years to come, especially when a giraffe takes all your snacks.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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