From the front it looked like any of the thousands of trucks that climb up and down Mount Ousley every day.
But the view at the rear of the Membrey’s prime mover revealed this was no ordinary delivery.
Illawarra motorists travelling eastbound between Picton Road and Wollongong at around 9.15-9.45am this morning may have been lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the newest member of Mogo Zoo’s extended animal family in transit to her new home.
Tanzi, a 10-year-old Rothschild giraffe, left Melbourne Zoo yesterday morning bound for Mogo, just south of Batemans Bay.
In an operation that has taken hundreds of hours to plan, the truck carrying Tanzi has had to take a roundabout route to get to Mogo because her special, oversize travel crate does not fit under several low overpasses along the coast road.
Tanzi made the trek from Melbourne, via Albury, to Marulan last night, where the giraffe and her entourage stayed overnight before commencing the final leg of their journey around 9am this morning.
While she appeared interested in her big adventure in several photos of yesterday’s trip, often captured facing the rear of the crate and occasionally peering out to take in her surroundings, it was a more subdued Tanzi who travelled through the Illawarra this morning, remaining tucked away in the crate for the duration of the journey.
Her shy demure didn’t stop drivers taking in the spectacle, however, with traffic banking up behind the truck as people stretched their necks to get a better look at the precious cargo.
Tanzi is expected to arrive at Mogo Zoo this afternoon, where keepers will reunite her with her sister, Shani, who has been at the zoo for six years.
Tanzi will also eventually be introduced to the zoo’s male Rothschild giraffe, with plans to mate the two in the near future.