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The giraffe of the king

Do you know the story of the first giraffe to set foot on French soil? In 1826 Mohammed Ali the viceroy of Egypt decided to present to the King of France Charles X a graceful female baby giraffe. The arrival of such an unfamiliar animal aroused such a stir that the entire French country lived in the happiness of the adventures of the beautiful stranger for almost a year. It all started in 1825 when Berbardino Drovetti, the zealous consul …

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