Toddler dies and mother in critical condition after being trampled by giraffe

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The child was taken to the nearest doctor’s office where she died, a police spokesman said.

A toddler has died and his mother in critical condition after being trampled by a giraffe.

The incident happened at Kuleni Game Park in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, on Wednesday afternoon, a police spokesman said.

Lieutenant Colonel Nqobile Gwala said: “The 25-year-old mother and her 16-month-old child were at Kuleni Farm in Hluhluwe when they were trampled by a giraffe.

“The child was taken to the nearest doctor’s room where she died and the mother was rushed to hospital for medical attention.

A toddler has died and his mother in critical condition after being trampled by a giraffe

“She is said to be in critical condition.

“The circumstances surrounding the incident are being investigated,” she told News24.

Kuleni Park is home to an abundance of “timber-framed lodges that offer absolute luxury in the bush”.

The park’s website describes the experience as “a unique bush getaway for families, friends or couples who want to experience the abundance and diversity of wildlife, flora and birds.

He adds : “Kuleni invites you to explore our beautiful property made up of 4 ecosystems: pristine sand forest, wetland, thorny scrub and grassland.

“Enjoy close animal encounters while walking or biking the many trails.

“Kuleni takes its name from a small hill in the region of the same name. Previously a cattle farm, the property has been allowed to return to the bush with great care, love and attention.

“Now it is home to an abundance of wildlife and birds in a beautiful environment to relax and explore.”

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