UPDATE: 2 Giraffes Dead After Wis. Dells Fire

UPDATED: Monday, December 31, 2012 --- 1:30 p.m.

WISCONSIN DELLS, Wis. (AP) -- Two giraffes were killed during a fire at a Wisconsin Dells wildlife park.

According to Wisconsin Dells police, someone called 911 at about 6 p.m. Sunday to report the fire at the Timbavati Wildlife Park.

The fire department arrived to find the giraffe enclosure fully engulfed. Two 4-year-old male giraffes were killed.

Police say they are investigating the cause and have no reason to believe the fire is suspicious.

According to the park's site, it features exotic animals, rides and other attractions. It also allows visitors to feed the giraffes.

It was closed for the season.

Copyright 2012: Associated Press
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Posted Monday, December 31, 2012 --- 10:52 a.m.

Press Release from the Wisconsin Dells Police Department:

On Sunday, December 30, 2012 at approximately 5:57 p.m. the Wisconsin Dells Police Department received a 911 call reporting a fire. The caller reported a building burning at the Timbavati Wildlife Park, located at 2220 Wisconsin Dells Parkway, Wisconsin Dells.

The Kilbourn Fire Department was dispatched and arrived to find the Giraffe enclosure building fully engulfed. The Lake Delton Fire Department assisted. Two four-year-old male giraffes died in the fire. The building was destroyed.


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