Woman kicked to death by giraffe

2010-05-12 07:51

A woman from Tzaneen was kicked to death by a giraffe on a Limpopo game farm at the weekend, Beeld newspaper reported today.

Merika Engelbrecht, 25, was found dead on Saturday morning after she went for a walk with her two dogs.

Her brother, Hannes Visser, said the family was visiting the game farm to celebrate their mother’s 50th birthday and Engelbrecht and her husband, Juan’s, first wedding anniversary.

Visser said she went for a walk early on Saturday morning with the two dogs and it was suspected that one of the dogs ran in the direction of a herd of giraffe.

There was a cow and calf in the herd and trackers found the footprints of a dog.

Visser said: “It seems as if she grabbed the dog and tried to protect it. That was when the giraffe kicked her from the back in the neck. Her neck was broken. She died instantly.”

The family went looking for her after one of the dogs arrived back at the house.

Both dogs sustained some bruises but were otherwise fine.

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