Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Mother and toddler critically injured after giraffe attack

American scientist and three-year-old son trampled at wildlife reserve in South Africa
Aamna Mohdin
Thu 6 Sep 2018 18.40 BSTLast modified on Mon 10 Sep 2018 10.58 BST
A scientist and her young son have been left critically injured after they were attacked by a giraffe at a wildlife reserve in South Africa.
Dr Katy Williams, a 35-year-old American, and her three-year-old son, Finn, are in a critical but stable condition. An operation was performed on Finn during the early hours of Tuesday to release pressure on his brain caused by injuries sustained in the incident.
The family were attacked at about 6pm on Monday by a female giraffe 150 metres from their home in Blyde Wildlife Estate, in the country’s north-east.
Williams’ British husband, Sam, 36, was returning from a trail run on the estate when he found his wife and son being trampled by the giraffe. He was able to intervene and chase the giraffe away, according to a statement given by Marina Botha, the family’s lawyer.
Riaan Cilliers, the manager of the estate, said: “We are all in shock about this very sad incident and we ensure the family that they are in our prayers.”

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