Winery Responds After Whitney Cummings Blasts Them For Not Evacuating Giraffe Amid California Wildfires

Whitney Cummings “went rogue” to make sure a giraffe was safe and sound.

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Malibu Wine Safaris has responded in a statement on Facebook after Cummings ventured to their sit to check on the wellbeing of animals there that were not evacuated in the face of wildfires encroaching on the area.

The statement explained that there was not enough time to evacuate the animals, but they were placed in a fenced-off area with almost no fuel like trees or tall brush for fires to reach them.

“Exotic animals cannot simply be haltered and moved onto a trailer and off of the property,” the statement read. “The majority of them require anesthesia and major lifting capability to move them onto a trailer. It would take weeks to move a collection of that size and animal type, which in itself, would be an extreme risk to some of the animals. The staff did an amazing job in a very short period of time to accomplish this feat.

After Malibu Wine Safaris released a statement last week on Instagram ensuring people on social media that their animals, including Stanley the giraffe, were safe from the wildfires raging across California, Cummings decided to go see for herself.

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Thanks to everyone in the community for your prayers and support through this difficult time. Our amazing animal care and facilities team began preparing for evacuations late last night and because of their efforts we have survived the fire. Our management team and animal trainers are onsite right now feeding, providing water, repairing enclosures, and caring for our animal family (including Stanley). While we have lost a considerable portion of our barns and facilities, our primary concern is the lives our animal and human families. We have a small number of number of animals unaccounted for but the search is continuing through the night. Your offers of support are deeply appreciated and as we begin the reconstruction process we will reach out to neighbors to help with this process!

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Cummings, however, was not swayed by the winery’s post, and decided to “go rogue” and check things out for herself.

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I went rogue and went to check on Stanley the giraffe myself. There were a lot of rumors and i didn’t want to be contributing to untrue gossip. I don’t know enough about exotic animals to know if them choosing not to move him was the right choice, but for now he is safe although the conditions are terrible air quality and windy. They are trying to build a barn for him for the night because it burned down. The best thing you can do to help is have as much hay delivered as you can to Malibu Wines/Saddle Rock Ranch or bring some if you live in the area. They lost all their structures, but all the animals are alive right now. I was frustrated that they didn’t evacuate all the animals days ago, but again it’s easy for me to say given i wasn’t there and the fires came in fast. Everyone I spoke to was kind and doing the best they could. I’m sorry I was so aggressive with you guys both in person and on social media. I will give you the benefit of the doubt that you did what was best for your animals and humans but in the future I’m offering my services to help with a better evacuation plan and any resources you currently need. Let’s all just stick together right now and deal with everything else later.

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“There were a lot of rumours and i didn’t want to be contributing to untrue gossip,” the comedian wrote on Instagram, confirming that the giraffe is safe.

Cummings then posted a video explaining that the winery is refusing to evacuate the animals onsite, writing in her post, “I wanted to be understanding and gracious, but once you treat your animals like this (when you have plenty of money) we simply aren’t on the same page.”

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She then posted a photo showing how close the fires came to the fence enclosing Stanley.

Cummings also requested help from anyone who would be able to help evacuate the animal.

“I know moving a giraffe is incredibly dangerous but not having an evacuation plan at all isn’t acceptable,” she said.

On Monday afternoon, Cummings shared two more Instagram posts, revealing that Stanley is OK — for now.

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If @malibusafaris can just send us proof from vets, not news reporters that Stanley is okay and that the other animals are too, all good. Animals don’t have cars or e-mail. This place also had other people horses there who paid to board them there. I guess I’m just trying to do what I would hope other people would do for my animals or children if this happened. If they’re fine now, great. Do the right thing and build a cement enclosure for Stanley that can’t burn down, and get a real evacuation plan in place in case this happens again. I truly can’t and shouldn’t spend any more time on this so now the experts can do the rest because this is above my pay grade. Thanks to everyone for the kind words and even the not so kind ones. I always want to be fair and just and would never want to make a bad situation worse.

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