Video: Gerald the giraffe gets a mate at last

ONE of Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm’s most loveable animals now has a mate.

After four years of searching Europe for a suitable candidate, Gerald the giraffe now shares his paddock with the beautiful Genevieve.

Genevieve has come to Noah’s Ark in Wraxall all the way from Eastern Europe and stands just three feet smaller than Gerald.

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. Genevieve is beautiful though and well worth the wait – Gerald is a very lucky giraffe indeed.”

Gerald has previously struck up some surprising relationships including a close bond with Eddie the goat. The pair often walked together and Gerald would lie down so Eddie could climb on his neck.

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Staff will now monitor the two giraffes closely and help Genevieve to settle into her new home.