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George not so lonely

Lucky George has two gorgeous, long-necked creatures to keep him company. The tall and slender females arrived, carried in to the Oori safely, to spend the weekend in a special enclosure - much like a boudoir!

On 1 March, they shyly emerged, taking a full four hours to take a step into freedom. Later the same day, they had found their feet, and were spotted ambling towards the boom at sunset.

Pam Orbell says:

  • George isn't really as lonely as we think - male giraffes tend to be loners meeting up with the females every 3 to 4 days;
  • Females start breeding at 4.5 years of age;
  • Gestation is about 450 days;
  • She goes off to have the baby on her own, and only joins the rest of the (mainly female) herd after about 3 weeks;
  • Females stick together in a small breeding herd

Lonely

Lonely on the horizon.

Arrival

What is this strange mechanical creature arriving in the Oori?

Return to sender

Gentle does it! Offloading is a skill.

Tight fit

Um....hello?

A girl get hungry

Shy and tentative, but also hungry after the journey

Out

Blue sky above, and open space ahead...off she goes

Freedom

And then there were two more on the horizon.