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A gold giraffe was briefly Toronto’s newest social media sensation

The latest social media sensation to hit Toronto isn’t a Drake meme, dead raccoon or newborn animal at the zoo. It’s not a gigantic rubber duck, either, but you’re getting warmer.

It’s a gold giraffe erected for the Bentway Block Party under the Gardiner. She has a name, and it’s Kendra.

She’s 26 feet tall, and though she’s been called a pinata quite a few times and is covered in gold fringe, underneath all glitter she’s actually a giant inflatable structure.

The giraffe was created by Gensler Design as part of the Bentway Block Party celebrations.

There was also a street dance competition, selfie station, live performances by local musicians, and refreshments.

The party was put on to celebrate the completion of Phase 1 of the Bentway’s construction.

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During the winter, the space under the Gardiner known as the Bentway was transformed into an ice skating track.

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A gold giraffe was briefly Toronto’s newest social media sensation