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On a South African conservancy, a toddler was crushed by a giraffe and died, leaving her mother in critical condition at the hospital.

South Africa: Giraffe kills toddler in a game park

The 16-month-old child resided with her mother at the opulent Kuleni Game Park in the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. Although the police said the specifics were vague, they had initiated an inquest to discover what had occurred.

Giraffes rarely assault humans, and they are a typical sight in South African game lodges. Police Lieutenant Nqobile Madlala told the BBC that “the infant was carried to the nearest doctor’s room where she died.”

The location of the event on Wednesday in the sizable game park, which has 14 lodges, is unknown. A management at one of the opulent hotels hesitated to talk, claiming that the subject was “delicate.”

The park is located in KwaZulu-Natal, a region that attracts both local and foreign tourists, 16 kilometers (10 miles) outside of Hluhluwe. Visitors to the farm can “enjoy close interactions with animals while strolling or riding the different pathways,” according to the farm’s website.

The tallest mammal in the world, giraffes are typically nonaggressive. However, the females can become aggressive while defending their calf.

At the Blyde Wildlife Estate in South Africa in 2018, a female giraffe crushed the wife and son of British biologist Sam William.

After receiving care at a private hospital in Johannesburg, the two made a full recovery.

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