Giraffe kills woman walking dogs in South Africa
A woman who was walking...
A woman who was walking her dogs was kicked to death in a rare attack by a giraffe on a South African game reserve, according to Telegraph.co.uk.
Merike Engelbrecht, 25, was walking with her pets on the game farm near Musina, in Limpopo province on Saturday when one of the dogs ran towards a herd of giraffe, scaring them.
As the woman tried to retrieve the dog, a giraffe charged and kicked her in the neck, killing her.
It is believed the animal became agitated and became violent in an attempt to protect its young calf, which had been walking nearby.
Merike`s brother, Hannes Visser, confirmed his sister had gone for a walk before the incident with her two German Shorthaired Pointers.
He told Afrikaans daily Beeld that his family had gone to the game farm together to celebrate his mother`s 50th birthday and Mother`s Day, which in South Africa was on Sunday.
He added that Sunday would also have been his sister`s first wedding anniversary.
The first the family knew that something had happened was when one of the dogs arrived back at their lodge alone with its leash still attached.
When relatives went to investigate they found Merike`s body in a field.
Trackers later examined the scene and established the likely sequence of events which led to the tragedy.
Giraffes are found in South Africa`s Kruger National Park, which covers part of Limpopo province. Although giraffes subsist on leaves and do not hunt, they are capable of delivering crushing blows with their powerful legs when threatened.