KENT COUNTY, MI – Tucker, a 13-year-old beloved giraffe, died Monday shortly after being found unresponsive at Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park, officials announced Thursday, April 20.
“Giraffes are noted for having the highest blood pressure of any animal species and the findings from the autopsy indicated Tucker had died from an acute onset of heart failure,” the Facebook post said.
Tucker was described as being a popular member of Boulder Ridge’s wildlife community since first being introduced to the public over a decade ago at the park, located at 8313 Pratt Lake Ave SE in Alto.
Tucker’s death was said to have come as a complete shock to the park staff because he showed no signs of having any issues.
“Tucker will be remembered as the ‘big guy’ with the defining cross pattern on his neck and with the long black tongue that would gently snag a lettuce leaf from the hands of anyone within reach,” the Boulder Ridge post said. “He brought joy to so many people and will be greatly missed by all.”
The park first opened in 2011, offering wildlife experiences on its 80 acres.
Since posting the sad news, the wild animal park has gotten nearly 600 Facebook comments from people expressing their sorrow, sharing memories and pictures of their favorite moments with Tucker.
The park will officially open for the 2023 season May 1.
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