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Delta Airlines Apologizes For Tweet Depicting Ghana With A Giraffe

After Team USA won Monday's World Cup match against Ghana, Delta Airlines celebrated with a picture of the Statue of Liberty and a giraffe. Oops.

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People were quick to point out that Ghana, while part of the African continent, is not home to giraffes.

Oh dear, @delta. There isn't even a single wild giraffes in Ghana.

Messi Minutes@MessiMinutes

Oh dear, @delta. There isn't even a single wild giraffes in Ghana.

6:27 PM - 16 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Ghana has no giraffes RT @Delta Congrats team #USA! Nice goal @clint_dempsey @soundersfc! http://t.co/gVFOSzJn1W

Bobby Big Wheel@BobbyBigWheel

Ghana has no giraffes RT @Delta Congrats team #USA! Nice goal @clint_dempsey @soundersfc! http://t.co/gVFOSzJn1W

2:58 PM - 16 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

This is the boolsheet us Africans gotta deal with. There are no giraffes in Ghana, you narrow-minded nincompoops! @Delta FAIL!

Awesomely Luvvie@Luvvie

This is the boolsheet us Africans gotta deal with. There are no giraffes in Ghana, you narrow-minded nincompoops! @Delta FAIL!

3:14 PM - 16 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

You can book flights to Accra, the capital of Ghana, on @delta’s website. Do not take those flights. They will end up in the Serengeti.

Rodger Sherman@rodger_sherman

You can book flights to Accra, the capital of Ghana, on @delta’s website. Do not take those flights. They will end up in the Serengeti.

3:03 PM - 16 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

.@delta Ghana's really more well known for their Clymene Dolphins than giraffes, but that's just me checking Wikipedia for three seconds

TEDDY GOOALSEVELT@edsbs

.@delta Ghana's really more well known for their Clymene Dolphins than giraffes, but that's just me checking Wikipedia for three seconds

3:00 PM - 16 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Delta currently airlifting a giraffe into Ghana.

Ashley Mayer@ashleymayer

Delta currently airlifting a giraffe into Ghana.

3:48 PM - 16 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Ghana has giraffes if we want it to. We're motherfucking Delta. We'll fly a motherfucking giraffe. Don't push us.

Senile Don Draper@SenileDonDraper

Ghana has giraffes if we want it to. We're motherfucking Delta. We'll fly a motherfucking giraffe. Don't push us.

3:21 PM - 16 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Delta's first attempt to apologize was quickly deleted, because it included an ill-timed typo:

Based on the Novel WTF by Are You Kidding Me: via @JT__Orlando

Neetzan Zimmerman@neetzan

Based on the Novel WTF by Are You Kidding Me: via @JT__Orlando

3:41 PM - 16 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

It was followed up with a typo-free apology tweet:

We're sorry for our choice of photo in our previous tweet. Best of luck to all teams.

Delta@Delta

We're sorry for our choice of photo in our previous tweet. Best of luck to all teams.

3:40 PM - 16 Jun 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"We're sorry for the picture previously tweeted," Delta spokesperson Kate Modolo told BuzzFeed. "It was made in the spirit of the game and in the spirit of the World Cup. We wish the best of luck to all teams."

Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.

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