Giraffe gaffe: Delta apologizes for USA-Ghana World Cup tweet

Dylan Stableford, Yahoo News
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United States' John Brooks celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the group G World Cup soccer match between Ghana and the United States at the Arena das Dunas in Natal, Brazil, Monday, June 16, 2014. The United States defeated Ghana 2-1. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Delta Airlines has apologized for a tweet — posted after Monday's thrilling 2-1 U.S. World Cup victory over Ghana — that used a picture of a giraffe to represent the African country.

"Congrats team #USA!" Delta wrote in the tweet, which included an overlay of the score above stock images of the Statue of Liberty and a giraffe.

But the airline deleted the tweet after Twitter users pointed out that while the continent of Africa may be home to giraffes, Ghana is not.

"Sorry, Delta," Yahoo's Graham Watson wrote on Dirty Tackle. "Not all African countries feature all of the animals you get to see at the zoo."

The airline later issued an apology.

Nonetheless, the ill-conceived tweet was widely mocked and sparked several photo-driven parodies.