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Last Updated: Tuesday, 24 May, 2005, 16:08 GMT 17:08 UK
Vic Reeves opens a giraffe house
Vic Reeves and Nancy Sorrell with two giraffes
Vic Reeves and Nancy Sorrell fed willow to the giraffes
Vic Reeves has opened a giraffe house he funded at a wildlife park in Kent.

The 46-year-old comedian donated 70,000 he raised through appearances on I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here and Who Wants To Be a Millionaire.

The Vic Reeves Giraffe House is at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, near Hythe, which is about half-an-hour from his village home in Lenham.

The new occupants are Cillion and Settanta, who travelled over from Ireland for Tuesday's plaque unveiling.

The two 12ft (3.66m) giraffes were born at Fota Wildlife Park near Cork and then taken on by Port Lympne as part of its 100-acre African Safari Experience.

Cillion and Settanta
Both giraffes are two-year-old bulls
They are from the Rothschild subspecies of giraffe
They use a long tongue to clean their eyes and ears

Mr Reeves was accompanied to the opening by his wife Nancy Sorrell.

He said: "Welcome to my new giraffe house. It's my first and hopefully not my last.

"They are incredible animals and I would urge everyone to come down and see them."

Robert Boutwood, director of fundraising at the animal park, said they were lucky to have benefited from his support.

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