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Giraffe gets lift on back of truck to Sydney zoo

Report by Katie Lamborn

A giraffe, named Kitoto, arrived at her new home at a Sydney zoo on Thursday journeying through the Australian countryside on a truck.

The animal had outgrown her enclosure at the Western Plains Zoo and needed more headroom and her journey to loftier new living quarters turned heads along the way.

Kitoto means precious child in Swahili and she seemed to be treated as such, having her move postponed by one day because of rain.

"Giraffes are a bit like cats in that they really don't like getting wet," said zookeeper Tracy Roberts.

But a dry day and 400 kilometres (249 miles) later Kitoto wowed the crowds.

"It's exciting, a giraffe going down the main street," said one woman looking on.

The animal will be introduced to Taronga Zoo's three other giraffes.


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