Gi­raffe off to new Mel­bourne home

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Nakaru’s five-day jour­ney to Aus­tralia is well un­der way.

On Mon­day the 15-mon­thold gi­raffe from Auck­land Zoo was put on a ship bound for Aus­tralia where she will join a breed­ing pro­gramme at Mel­bourne Zoo.

Nakaru was packed into the 4.2 me­tre high crate she will spend the sea voy­age in on Mon­day and left the zoo on the back of a truck at 5.30pm.

Mon­day’s rough weather didn’t ham­per the trip.

‘‘It all went really well. It took a lit­tle longer than hoped to get her loaded onto the ship be­cause of the rain, but there were no ma­jor prob­lems,’’ Auck­land Zoo mem­ber­ship co­or­di­na­tor Gina Dellabarca says.

The ship man­aged to get off just be­fore mid­night and Nakaru is due to ar­rive in Mel­bourne on Saturday.

On Mon­day the un­usual sight trav­elled along Great North Rd, St Lukes Rd, Mt Eden Rd and Sy­monds St en­route to the Ports of Auck­land.

On­board the JPO Scor­pius Nakaru will have toys and her favourite foods to help keep her com­fort­able and she’ll have enough room to sit down in the crate.

Nakaru is be­ing ac­com­pa­nied by Pride­lands team leader Nat Sul­li­van, keeper David Crimp and vet Dr Bethany Jack­son

‘‘We will be spend­ing a lot of time with her and check­ing on her reg­u­larly, which will hope­fully help her feel se­cure,’’ Ms Sul­li­van says.

Nakaru’s brother Je­lani made the move to Mel­bourne’s Wer­ribee Open Range Zoo in 2011.

She will spend a month there in quar­an­tine be­fore mov­ing to Mel­bourne Zoo.

Be­fore Nakuru’s birth, there had been one other fe­male gi­raffe born at the Auck­land Zoo in 26 years.

Her mother Rukiya is due to give birth again in July.

Home com­forts: Nakaru’s keeper of­fers her a snack to help keep her happy while she waits to be trans­ported to the Ports of Auck­land where she left for Mel­bourne.

All set: Nakaru takes a fi­nal look at her home at the Auck­land Zoo be­fore she’s shipped to Mel­bourne.

Fi­nal prepa­ra­tions: Work­ers help se­cure Nakaru’s crate to the truck that will trans­port her to the Ports of Auck­land where she be­gan her jour­ney to Mel­bourne.

Thirsty work: Nakaru en­joys a quick drink be­fore set­ting off from the Auck­land Zoo to the Ports of Auck­land.

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