The first giraffe in Vienna

187 years ago, on 6 August 1828, the first giraffe ever arrived in Vienna as a present for the royal household. This exotic animal caused a real "giraffe mania" to break out in Vienna: Giraffe cakes and pies were sold.  The ladies of society wore their hair "à la girafe", modelled after the horns of the animal. And even a perfume "Esprit à la Giraffe" was an offer.

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