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Young giraffe arrives at fire zoo
Yoda the Rothschild giraffe: Picture Paignton Zoo
Yoda will go on show to the public later this week
A young giraffe has arrived at Paignton Zoo in Devon, following a fire earlier this year which claimed the lives of three other animals.

Yoda, a male Rothschild, is nearly two years old and is already 12ft (3.7m) tall. The zoo is hoping two females will join him next year.

The fire in February killed Kizi and her six-day-old calf. The calf's father Paddy died a few days later.

Donations received after the fire went towards Yoda's transportation costs.

The zoo received more than 7,000 from members of the public and was overwhelmed with condolence cards from around the world.

A commemorative plaque has been erected and a tree planted for the three dead giraffes.

Yoda arrived from Givskud Zoo in Denmark on Wednesday in a purpose-built lorry.

It is hoped the giraffe will be on show to the public at the end of the week.

Neil Bemment, curator of mammals, said: "We are really pleased that Yoda has arrived safely and he is settling in well.

"We look forward to him having some company as soon as possible."


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