Sgt. Pepper Moves Into Topeka Zoo With Tall Expectations

By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Topeka Zoo hopes a new arrival will leave no "lonely heart" for another resident.

The zoo welcomed Sgt. Pepper on Wednesday. He's a year and a half old male reticulated giraffe.

Sgt. Pepper comes to the Capital City from his birth place at the Oklahoma Zoo in hopes of being paired with Hope the giraffe at the Topeka Zoo.

Hope gained international attention when she was born with hyperextended fetlocks, a condition which can be fatal but was successfully treated in Hope. Zoo director Brendan Wiley said Wednesday that the condition is not hereditary, so it is not a concern for Hope's offspring.

Wiley says Hope and Sgt. Pepper will now get to know each other. He is reported to be shy, while Hope is described as outgoing.

The goal is for these opposites to ultimately attract, and add to the population of 422 giraffes currently at 84 North American zoos.


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