Shocking moment a bottle is thrown at a giraffe’s head after storming the zoo

Shocking moment throws a bottle at a giraffe’s head after breaking into the zoo, revealed to be guilty of raiding leopards, tigers and doomed penguins

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  • Two animals left feeling “very sad” after they broke into Marwell Zoo
  • Nathan Daniels cut through the wire fence and Bradley Green ran the attack
  • Daniels, 21, pleaded guilty to damaging the penguin enclosure
  • Green, 24, admitted to causing damage to a facility containing giraffes

Two animals at a popular zoo were left feeling “deeply distressed” after being stormed during a raid that saw a bottle thrown at a giraffe’s head, the court heard.

Nathan Daniels, 21, cut through the barbed wire fence at Marwell Zoo before he and partner Bradley Green carried out the February 2021 attack.

A video posted on social media at the time of the break-in appeared to show a bottle being thrown at a giraffe’s head. A tiger was also filmed apparently being encouraged to approach the fence before being kicked and scared away.

Daniels pleaded guilty to damaging the penguin enclosure while Green, 24, pleaded guilty to damaging an enclosure containing giraffes.

Daniels pleaded guilty to damaging a penguin enclosure while Green, 24 (pictured) pleaded guilty to damaging an enclosure containing giraffes

Nathan Daniels, 21, (left) cut the barbed wire fence at Marwell Zoo before he and partner Bradley Green (right) carried out the February 2021 attack

Video footage posted on social media at the time of the home invasion showed a bottle being thrown at a giraffe's head.

Video footage posted on social media at the time of the home invasion showed a bottle being thrown at a giraffe’s head.

Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court heard that, according to zoo keepers near Eastleigh, Hampshire, many animals were left “very sad” by the night raid – notably giraffes, cheetahs and tigers.

Several police units, including armed response officers with night vision goggles, a canine unit and a helicopter, were dispatched to capture the intruders after the incident, amid fears that the animals were at risk.

Previously, the court heard, the gang had cut down a “double-chain-link fence” before the gang entered.

Prosecutor David Fossler told the judges: “The zoo’s director of general maintenance found that an inner fence had been cut in a vertical line.

Mr. Vossler noted that the barbed wire fencing had also been cut down and several animal enclosures had been interfered with.

Zoo keepers explained that the animals were very upset, particularly giraffes, leopards and tigers.

A video was posted on social media at the time of the incident at Marwell Zoo near Eastleigh

The clip appeared to show a bottle being thrown on the head of a giraffe

Video footage posted on social media at the time of the incident at Marwell Zoo near Eastleigh, Hants, appeared to show a bottle being thrown at a giraffe’s head.

A tiger was also filmed apparently being encouraged to approach the fence before being kicked and scared away

A tiger was also filmed apparently being encouraged to approach the fence before being kicked and scared away

I left many animals

It left many animals “very sad” by the night raid – especially giraffes, cheetahs, and tigers

Daniels and Green admitted the charges against them at Winchester Crown Court. Green also admitted to causing animal cruelty.

However, burglary and criminal damage charges against friends Jason Huggett, 24, and Coral Locke, 23, were dropped with the help of the perpetrators.

Daniels and Green, both from Fareham, were released on unconditional bail until they appeared again at Winchester Crown Court for sentencing in January.

Judge Andrew Barnett warned the couple if they did not show up, they would commit another criminal offence.

Marwell Zoo opened in 1972 and has proven to be a popular family destination ever since. It has been home to giraffes and tigers ever since, and is currently home to four giraffes and two tigers.

Their colony of Humboldt penguins recently lost “several” birds after an outbreak of bird flu, but visitors can still enjoy seeing other endangered species like southern white rhinos, Amur leopards, giant anteaters, and pygmy hippos.


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