Bloem giraffe does BMW leap

2013-06-18 08:40
Kammie the giraffe and the damaged BMW. (Supplied)

Kammie the giraffe and the damaged BMW. (Supplied)

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Bloemfontein - A local businessman has told how he got a huge fright when a giraffe jumped over his BMW sports car, nearly hitting him with one of her hooves.

Buks Westraad, owner of the Emoya estate outside Bloemfontein, was driving through the estate on Saturday morning with the hood down - when the 5-year-old giraffe cow, Kammie, came running along at a blistering pace and jumped over his car, reported Die Burger.

Westraad said he was driving quite slowly at between 10 and 15km/h and was heading for a guesthouse on the estate when it happened.

“She must have gotten a fright and came running over my car. Her one hoof hit the bonnet like a gunshot and the other just missed my head and came flying past my face. I could feel the wind.

“Her legs are several metres long and it took just one stride and she was over the car.”  

“I only later realised that I could also have been in my glory,” said Westraad, whose first thought was for the safety of the uninjured giraffe.  

He estimated that damage to the car was valued at R48 000.

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