The peeping giraffe is a quirky local landmark in the North Wales village

North Wales is home to many landmarks celebrated by visitors and locals alike. The area is full of historic castles and stunning mountain ranges, but nothing compares to a local landmark that has captured the hearts of a North Wales community.

Far from the African savannas, on a residential street in Conwy, stands a giraffe that has become something of a local celebrity. The beloved character can be spotted peering over a hedge on St Asaph Avenue in Kinmel Bay, much to the delight of local residents.

It is owned by father-of-two Kev Burtwell and has brought smiles to hundreds of passers-by over the past five years. And although he doesn’t have a name, the likeable character is well known to many as a quirky local landmark.

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The idea came about by chance when Kev was browsing online. He told North Wales Live: “I had seen an advertisement online for all the different types of models and life-size animals that you can buy.

“There was no real reason behind it, I just started looking around and thought it would be fun to have one. It’s really me all over the place, I’m always doing silly, random things. “

But Kev’s impromptu purchase has proven to lift the spirits of the entire community, especially during the pandemic. The giraffe’s peeping head can be seen from the road and has been spotted celebrating many different occasions over the years, including wearing a Santa hat at Christmas and wearing its own PPE during lockdown.

Besides making people smile, the character has also become an unconventional local landmark. Kev said: “If we’re in the garden we’ll hear people’s reactions as we pass because it’s something unexpected.

“Sometimes kids walk past on their way to school and then you can hear ‘watch out, the giraffe is watching’.” He continued: “My wife and I were out once, and someone was talking about Kinmel Bay, and we heard them say ‘go over the bridge, past the giraffe house and turn left’, so I guess that’s a bit of a landmark now.”

People also took to social media after spotting the giraffe. One person wrote: “I don’t know anyone else but the Kinmel Bay Giraffe really brightens my day. He always dresses up for the right occasion.”

Another said: ‘When we come to our trailer our grandkids love the giraffe, their dad called him Jerry the giraffe. While a third wrote: “When we come down we always look at what the giraffe is carrying.

“It’s a nice sign of welcome, it makes us feel welcome.” Have you seen the Kinmel Bay giraffe? Let us know in the comments section below.

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