In a very unfortunate incident, a local 25-year-old girl was killed a few days ago on a nearby game farm. She was kicked to death by a giraffe. Apparently she was out in the bush walking with her dogs when her dogs ran towards some giraffe. A mother giraffe who was protecting her baby kicked out at the girl who was trying to grab her dogs. My colleagues all knew her and her family.
Giraffe are naturally placid creatures who will run away from anything scary – however, they are still wild animals who will die trying to protect their young. When I sit and watch them on my land – I am amazed by how gentle they are.
We need to remember – they are still wild animals and as such, are potentially dangerous creatures – no matter how gentle they seem.