Sally Wiggin Catches Up with a Furry Friend at the Pittsburgh Zoo

The former WTAE anchor chatted with Lewis, one of two giraffes.

Just add “giraffe whisperer” to Sally Wiggin’s resume.

The former WTAE anchor posted a video on Twitter chatting with Lewis, one of the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium’s giraffes, during the zoo’s Zoofari Drive-Thru fundraiser on Sunday.

Lewis and Wiggin go back; according to Wiggin, she once featured Lewis in a segment. Wiggin is an active animal conservation advocate and has been on the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium board since 1995.

Although Lewis has had giraffe company with his penmate, Sox, Wiggin says she could tell that the giraffe was happy to get some human interaction, albeit from a safely distanced visitor in a car.

“There was actually an article … talking about how the animals were listless and depressed because they expect to see people going by. They hear noises and sounds and it’s stimulating,” she says.

The zoo has extended the Zoofari Drive-Thru fundraiser until June 4, giving zoo-goers an experience they wouldn’t have on foot.

“It was like being on safari,” Wiggin says.

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