Collect picture of Shandor Larenty's great uncle, Terry Larenty with his giraffe in the 1950s.
The giraffe-boy has resurrected the tradition of his British ancestor - for RIDING giraffes. Living in a South African farm gave 17-year-old Shandor Larenty the opportunity to raise cute baby giraffe, Mara who had been sadly abandoned by her parents. Pictures also show Shandor being greeted by his second giraffe pet as he arrives home in his car - 18 foot-tall adult Purdy. Shandor and Purdy even enjoy an outdoor breakfast together, with Shandor relaxing while Purdy eats his favourite snack - vegetable pellets - from his hand. Shandor's Great Uncle Terry was a circus performer in the 1950's Chipperfield, Hertfordshire and the only person known at the time to have the ability to ride a giraffe. Now following in his British ancestor's footsteps, the South African lad, who lives at the Lion Park near Johannesburg, is training himself and his giraffe best friend to perform the feat of a human riding a giraffe in what could be the first time in generations. [Photo: CFP]1 2 3 4 5