HALLS GAP - Halls Gap Zoo owners Greg and Yvonne Culell received an early Christmas present when their second giraffe arrived on Wednesday.
Pumika arrived safely in Halls Gap early on Wednesday evening and was welcomed not only by Greg and Yvonne, but also his brother Sumari, the zoo's first giraffe.
Three-year-old Sumari finally arrived at the Halls Gap Zoo in June, after a 20 month campaign. It was originally planned for Pumika to arrive only a few weeks after Sumari, but complications were experienced with training the animal.
Giraffes have to be trained to walk up onto the trailer themselves. They cannot be forced. While Sumari passed his training with ease, trainers experienced difficulties with Pumika.
However, the Culells were rejoicing finally on Wednesday when the truck rolled in, ending a long journey from the Monarto Zoo in South Australia.
Mr Culell said it was a special moment for the zoo when the truck stopped outside the gates and the tarp was removed, allowing Pumika to take his first look at his new home.
It is expected it will take time for Pumika to settle in, but he has now been reunited with his brother Sumari which should ensure he feels right at home.