'He Works for AutoZone': Giraffe Removes Wiper Blade From Car in Viral Clip

A now-viral video that shows a giraffe removing a windshield wiper from someone's car has charmed the internet.

The video, posted to TikTok last week by @jesszarzycki, has garnered more than 670,000 views and thousands of comments from viewers who joked that the giraffe was only trying to help.

In the comments section of her post, @jesszarzycki explained that the interaction took place in the drive-thru safari at Six Flags Great Adventure in Township, New Jersey. According to the park's website, the four-mile safari allows park-goers an up-close encounter with a variety of animals, including elephants, peacocks and, of course, giraffes.

The clip, filmed from inside @jesszarzycki's car, opens with a giraffe standing in front of the vehicle, chewing on one of the car's wiper blades.

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A now-viral video that shows a giraffe removing a windshield wiper from someone’s car has charmed the internet. Wassiliy/istock

"No, no, no!" someone shouts as the giraffe rips the blade off the car.

"Oh my god," said @jesszarzyck, who starts laughing.

Throughout the remainder of the video, the giraffe happily gnaws on the wiper blade, completely oblivious to the freakout happening inside the vehicle.

"Why'd you let him [do that]?" the car's passenger asked the driver. "Honk the horn!"

Though the video ends with the giraffe holding the wiper blade in its mouth, @jesszarzycki said that the animal eventually dropped it.

"[F]or everyone that is concerned the giraffe dropped it and walked away after [I] stopped recording, he is okay," she commented.

Six Flags Grand Adventure said that giraffes are currently undergoing a "silent extinction event." As such, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), listed the species as "vulnerable to extinction" in 2016.

The park went on to explain that poaching, habitat loss and increased human-wildlife conflict have all contributed to the giraffe's "rapid" population decline.

To help protect endangered wildlife such as the giraffe, the park launched its "Save an Icon" initiative in 2019.

"Each year, we offer a collectible pin profiling a different species, and 100 percent of the profits support this initiative," the park said, adding that a portion of its drive-thru safari sales is donated to the Wildlife Conservation Network.

Commenters were delighted by @jesszarzyck's video, joking that the giraffe was a mechanic just doing its job.

"He works for AutoZone," said Johnny Lightning.

"He's just showing you how to change the wiper. Lick off the grease and put it back," said Jersey Asian Boy.

Charlie S566 added: "The giraffe saw you needed your wiper replaced."

Newsweek has reached out to @jesszarzyck for comment.

In related news, a lion was filmed jumping into a safari car full of people last month. The terrifying footage went viral in just two days with over 4 million views. Also in March, a video of a hyena stalking around a safari lodge amassed more than 40 million views.

And in September, a rare white rhino calf named Aziza was born at a drive-thru safari in Florida.