SYNOPSIS: In Marseilles Harbour on Thursday, the end of an enforced shipboard vigil for ninety-three wild animals from Kenya.
SYNOPSIS: In Marseilles Harbour on Thursday, the end of an enforced shipboard vigil for ninety-three wild animals from Kenya. They'd been waiting in a ship anchored in Marseilles for forty days -- to comply with French quarantine regulations. It was rather like a modern Noah's Ark....with an assortment of animals to delight the directors of three French zoos to which they are destined. The animals come from Kenya's "Big Game Farm" and for the giraffes, at least, the troubles weren't over when they reached dry land.. As the animals began their journey north by road it was found that their necks were too long to pass under some of the brides. The problem was solved when handlers held down the head of each giraffe as the truck passed under the obstruction.
The unloading operation was personally supervised by Viscount Raoul de la Panouse. He was responsible for organising the expedition which captured the animals.
For authorities in Marseilles, the unloading was a relief almost as great as for the animals themselves. During their isolation aboard the anchored ship, the animals have been consuming six-and-a-half thousand gallons of water a week. The giraffes' weakness for acacia leaves sent village policemen in southern France of frantic forays into the countryside to satisfy the animals' appetite.
Two of the zoos to which these animals are bound are in south-west France. The third zoo...owned by the Viscount's elder brother Paul....is near Paris.