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    Twenty-one rare reticulated giraffes were loaded on to an air freighter at Mombasa Airport on November 18 in an effort to save them from extinction.

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    1. GV Giraffes in natural habitat.(2 SHOTS) 0.09
    2. GVs Capture crew (working for IAE) lassooing giraffe from vehicle. (8 SHOTS) 0.38
    3. SV IAE President Don Hunt, wife Iris injecting tranquilizer into giraffe.(4 SHOTS) 0.53
    4. GVs Giraffe loaded on to transport box, on to truck. (4 SHOTS) 1.12
    5. GV Truck with giraffe on board through bush. 1.17
    6. GVs Truck reversing into quarantine area, giraffe released in to corral, being fed, actress Stephanie Powers offering leaves to corralled animal. (3 SHOTS) 1.29
    7. CU Sign of Mombasa quarantine station. (International Animal Exchange,U.S.A.) 1.32
    8. GV Giraffes loaded on to trucks. (3 SHOTS) 1.49
    9. GVs Giraffes moved via truck, worker holding telephone wires to allow animals to pass in truck. (5 SHOTS) 2.07
    10. GVs Trucks on highway to airport, Moi airport sign. (2 SHOTS) 2.13
    11. SV PAN & GV Natives looking at giraffes' truck, truck broken down, towed to airport. (2 SHOTS) 2.27
    12. GV Distance view of CL 424 Canadian "Guppy" freighter on tarmac with open cargo door. 2.30
    13. GV & SV Giraffes at airport at night. (2 SHOTS) 2.35
    14. GVs Animals in pallettes loaded on board aircraft, animal sign, giraffe chewing aircraft padding.(6 SHOTS) 3.01

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    Twenty-one rare reticulated giraffes were loaded on to an air freighter at Mombasa Airport on November 18 in an effort to save them from extinction. A special high-ceiling Canadian-built CL 424 "Guppy" cargo aircraft was brought in to transport the bewildered animals - plus 25 Kenyan and 17 Liberian antelopes - via Lagos, Nigeria and New York to their ultimate destination, the Busch Gardens Safari Park near Tampa, Florida. Jerry Lentz, zoo manager for the Gardens, heard of the giraffes' grazing difficulties last year, and arranged with the International Animal Exchange (IAE) to capture a herd of the long-necked creatures for the Tampa theme park. After gently lassoing the fleet-footed animals. IAE President Don Hunt and his wife Iris administered anti-stress injections to each giraffe before the crating process began. The boxed animals were then lifted on board a truck for the dusty journey to the base camp. There, a corral had been built to house the animals, to accustom them to captivity and to allow their natural diet of moist acacia leaves to be gradually changed to the hay adn grains which they will be fed in their new Florida habitat. Film and television actress Stephanie Powers, a frequent visitor to Kenya's wildlife ranges, attended the acclimatising period at the base camp. The CL 424 "Guppy" was chosen for the mercy airlift because its cargo-carrying interior while one and a half metres (five feet) narrower than a Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet, is 10 centimetres (four inches) higher. Even so, some of the older animals had to be coaxed to lower their heads in order to enter the cabin, and one somewhat audacious giraffe sampled some of the aircraft's ceiling insulation material while its palette was being pushed aboard. Because of cooler temperatures at night the loading took place after dark. At one stage an announcement by Kenya's President Daniel Arap Moi banning animal exports threatened to end the odyssey before it began, but Kenya officials eventually allowed the export to proceed by issuing a special pe
    rmit for the journey.


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