Saturday 23 September 2017

Super-tall trailer carries giraffes

Giraffe Harriet is being unloaded after arriving at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling
Giraffe Harriet is being unloaded after arriving at Blair Drummond Safari Park near Stirling

A specially designed extra-tall trailer was required as two giraffes were delivered to their new home.

Harriet, seven, and 14-year-old Keisha are said to be settling in well at Blair Drummond Safari Park, near Stirling.

The pair arrived after travelling about 320 miles from Twycross Zoo in Atherstone, Warwickshire.

Gary Gilmour, Blair Drummond park manager, said the giraffes' driver took care to avoid low bridges on the seven-hour journey.

Their travelling trailer was designed in the Netherlands with giraffes in mind and has a mobile roof that can be adjusted to reach 20ft.

Mr Gilmour said Harriet, who stands at 18ft, is one of the tallest female giraffes he has seen. She and Keisha have now joined the other females in the park's herd: Bella, three, Ruby, four, and Kelly, 12.

"The move went great and they have been calm the whole time. They are still getting used to the change but both have been out exploring their new home," Mr Gilmour said.

"Harriet is a really friendly giraffe and has mixed well with our girls, but Keisha is a bit stand-offish and not too sure at the moment, which is a bit surprising as she is the tallest of them all, at around 18ft."

Giraffes are the world's tallest mammals and can run at speeds of 35mph over short distances.

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