Thursday 22 February 2018

Genevieve helps Gerald find love

Genevieve will keep loney giraffe Gerald company
Genevieve will keep loney giraffe Gerald company

Gerald the bachelor giraffe has finally got a girlfriend.

After an international search lasting four years Genevieve has moved to the UK to be the lonely giraffe's partner.

The unlucky-in-love giraffe has been desperate for a female companion and has struck up some unlikely relationships over the years at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm, near Bristol.

Lanky Gerald - standing 15ft (4.6m) tall - developed a close bond with Eddie the goat, with the pair forming a strange "little and large" duo.

They could often be seen walking together, with Gerald sometimes leaning down to give his friend a nuzzle, then lying down for Eddie to climb on his neck.

Now Gerald will not have to bend down quite so far with the attractive Genevieve standing tall at 12ft (3.7m) high - only a few feet shorter than her six-year-old companion.

Staff at the zoo are overjoyed with the latest arrival.

Head keeper Chris Wilkinson said: "I've been here since the start, remembering quite clearly our hopes in the early days of keeping giraffes and our excitement when we took on Gerald the giraffe as a much shorter, timid male in 2006.

"We've been looking for a suitable female friend for him ever since that day, with lots of setbacks to contend with and some false-starts.

"We could have taken another male some time ago, but decided to hold on for a female."

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