Beloved TV Star Giraffe Killed by Lightning He's found dead at South African game preserve By Mary Papenfuss, Newser User Posted Nov 10, 2010 2:04 AM CST 4 comments Comments Hamley was 'like another actor, only taller,' said Dawn Steel, who plays the wife of the veterinarian whose family moves to Africa to start a game park. (YouTube) (Newser) – A beloved TV star giraffe has been killed by lightning on his South African reserve. Hamley, 7, has been a feature for the last 5 years in the popular ITV British series Young at Heart about a veterinarian and his family moving to Africa to start a game park. "We are all desperately upset," said producer Nick Goding. "It was a natural disaster, but nevertheless heartbreaking for everyone who has been involved with him. Hamley was a gentle, playful and charming animal. He will be greatly missed." A game warden driving visitors out to see Hamley found the young giraffe lying on the ground. "Nothing could be done to save him," he told the Daily Mail.