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Giraffe Kills Woman Walking Dogs in South Africa


Animals  (tags: wildanimals, giraffe, kills, woman, sadness )

Lone
- 1936 days ago - telegraph.co.uk
Merike Engelbrecht, 25, was walking with her pets on the game farm near Musina, in Limpopo province on Saturday when one of the dogs ran towards a herd of giraffe, scaring them. As the woman tried to retrieve the dog, a giraffe charged and kicked her



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Cheryl Ulrich (109)
Wednesday May 12, 2010, 11:47 pm
A freak accident .. so sad for this womans family , on Mothers Day yet .. :(
 

Amena Andersson (187)
Thursday May 13, 2010, 8:10 am
Yes, sad. But, not unnatural except that she was walking dogs near giraffes. Instinct of mother would be natural and would try to protect babe from what she perceived as possible harm. Very sad.
 

Rhonda Maness (580)
Thursday May 13, 2010, 8:13 am
Thanks Terry
 

Rajee Seetharam (138)
Thursday May 13, 2010, 8:49 am
Noted! Sorry to read this...
 

linda b. (186)
Thursday May 13, 2010, 9:50 am
So sad, but the dogs should've been on a lead.
 

pam w. (138)
Thursday May 13, 2010, 10:06 am
Giraffes can kill lions with a kick...a human is much more vulnerable.
 

Mike M. (54)
Thursday May 13, 2010, 10:10 am
Sad but making fast moves around and close to animals in the wild is not a good move.
 

Yvonne R. (8)
Thursday May 13, 2010, 10:23 am
Really sad, however I agree with Linda B., dogs should have been on a leash. :(
 

Terry B. (649)
Thursday May 13, 2010, 10:28 am
Quite bizarre as giraffes are usually quite gentle animals, like weird horses (and a lot less aggressive than zebras). But it is always a rule not to walk between a mom and her cubs, whatever the species.

When I was a graduate student in Kenya many years ago I lived in Kahawa, halfway between nairobi and Thika, There were always giraffes in the yard keeping the trees trimmend and the funniest movie I ever saw was one I made with an old 16 mm camera of two giraffes in the yard making more giraffes. Unfortunately my ex took the film.
 

Patrizia S. (315)
Thursday May 13, 2010, 10:31 am
They are wild animal after all
 

J. MASSETTI (11)
Thursday May 13, 2010, 11:03 am
VERY SAD BUT SHE WAS WALKING HER HUNTING DOGS, GERMAN SHORT HAIR POINTERS.HAVING OWNED AN ENGLISH SHORT HAIR POINTER WHEN THEY SENSE A BIRD THEY JUST TAKE OFF ON IMPULSE.MINE WENT RUNNING AFTER A FLOCK OF BIRDS THAT WERE OVERHEAD.YES HE WAS ON A LEASH, BUT HE BOLTED & OFF HE WENT STRAIGHT DOWN CROSSBAY BLVD. BRINGING TRAFFIC TO A HALT.THEY DO POSSESS AMAZING SPEED...IT WAS AN ACCIDENT,AND SHE LOST HER LIFE MY CONDOLENCES TO HER FAMILY...BUT HAVING SAID THAT,THE GIRAFFE FELT THREATENED BY A CHARGING DOG ,MERIKE WAS TRYING TO RESCUE HER BELOVED PET AND PAYED THE ULTIMATE PRICE...POINTERS ARE BY NO MEANS SMALL DOGS-TO BE WALKING TWO LARGE HUNTING DOGS, IN A PRESERVE SURROUNDED BY WILD ANIMALS UNFORTUNATELY WAS AN ERROR IN JUDGEMENT
 

. (3)
Thursday May 13, 2010, 11:10 am
I think it is the humans fault most of the time as she was in the wild, the home of the wild. sad story.
 

Megan Dietz (17)
Thursday May 13, 2010, 11:29 am
the giraffe was trying to protect it's baby just like a humane would.
i'm sorry for the family but it was just a natural reaction
 

wendy w. (47)
Thursday May 13, 2010, 11:51 am
A very sad story. Thanx Lone
 

Vivien Green (153)
Thursday May 13, 2010, 12:15 pm
Noted . So sad.
 

Beth C. (8)
Thursday May 13, 2010, 12:31 pm
Sad thing to happen but once again humans where they probably shouldn't be.
 

Wendy Johnston (0)
Thursday May 13, 2010, 1:27 pm
I do not understand why the dogs were not on leads. You cant blame the Giraffes as they were only protecting themselves. Very sad.
 

Susan T. (14)
Thursday May 13, 2010, 1:41 pm
I just don not understand the fact that people do NOT use the good sense they have. Your dog do the best they can to protect their person, why don't people do the same for their dogs and other pets
I work at a Federal Reserve in the USA. People love to come visit, but want to have picnics and bring their dogs. This is a PRESERVE (sad we have come to that), but it is a result of people taking over the animals habitat. Some think that the animals are in cages. NOT a reserve! Peoples food draws animals to people, not a good thing. This article exemplifies the right of animals protecting their charges and people should respect the efforts of others to protect their charges. I love dogs and have protected mine throughout the age and they lived a long, healthy, happy lives. I didn't take them to other peoples places nor anywhere where they could be harmed or do harm. Why do we have to instruct pet owners. Another instance is the sale of exotic pets. Kids love them and the status they get (I think), but then they tire of them, or go off to where ever leaving the adults who don't want them, so they release them in what they think is a safe place. Hence, the Everglades are being taken over with Boas, et al: and they are now so large they are eating the top of the chain, Alligators, and everything else that moves. Now they are being hunted and euthenized. One unthinking person can cause great problems! All I ask is for people to think about cause and effect. That would sure cut down on rules and regs. and the work it takes to straighten out the messes that people cause.
Leave nothing but footprints and some times even those are not necessary. DON"T FEED WILD ANIMALS! It is so sad that this woman had to die. Now who will care for the very dogs that took to protect her?
 

Catrina Velez (46)
Thursday May 13, 2010, 3:36 pm
Dogs, taken into wild animal habitat by unwary human beings, have provoked attacks from moose, elk, bears, white tailed deer, swans, hawks, hornets, wasps, bees and even blue jays, especially during breeding season or when young were present. This tragedy could have been prevented if there had been warning signs against entering, especially with dogs, when the animals were in defensive periods.
 

Marilyn K. (50)
Thursday May 13, 2010, 6:15 pm
It appears that the Giraffe felt threatened and reached out to protect herself and others. This is a sad event and, yes, there are times when there are unpreventable accidents.
 

Candace C. (17)
Thursday May 13, 2010, 6:46 pm
Nature takes care. Humans have lost their natural instincts. Too bad. I feel bad for her but she was wrong.
 

Kelly H. (22)
Thursday May 13, 2010, 7:05 pm
I feel bad for the family, but giffaffe's are wild animals. I agree, he may have felt threatened. Sorry again for your loss
 

Helen Snyder (13)
Thursday May 13, 2010, 7:07 pm
Noted .. and sadly agree the young woman should have had her pets leashed.However .. it would be a good thing if there were signs posted requiring dogs to be restrained. Sometimes when a person is wrapped up in beholding nature's beauty .. they do not think any further than the beauty itself.
 

Sally Jay (62)
Thursday May 13, 2010, 7:19 pm
Sad for the lady, but I guess people are getting their Karma back for all the cruelty to animals.
 

Pam J. (77)
Thursday May 13, 2010, 8:31 pm
Such a terrible thing to have happend. My sympathies for her family. A freak accident that could have been avoided if the dogs had been leashed. As they say, hindsight is 20/20.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Thursday May 13, 2010, 8:57 pm
Thanks for post. It's a sad story, but a reminder of the dangers out in the African bush. I've been out in it myself alone, and later wondered why I had been so silly.
 

Matloob ul Hasan (81)
Thursday May 13, 2010, 9:13 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

Shirley S. (178)
Thursday May 13, 2010, 11:18 pm
A very unfortunate accident. I would certainly think that people need to be ULTRA cautious ESPECIALLY around WILD animals. At least I would .It made it a SAD Mother's Day for that family.
 

Mike H. (243)
Thursday May 13, 2010, 11:30 pm
You can't drop your guard around wild animals
 

jay way (33)
Friday May 14, 2010, 2:14 am
Bad Luck. But it was her own fault - -
 

patrica and edw jones (190)
Friday May 14, 2010, 2:23 am
Yes - I wouldn't be game to take dogs near these animals - they have a lethal kick.
 

susan w. (13)
Friday May 14, 2010, 3:26 am
sad,and yes they do have a strong kick....human error...i feel sorry for the family....
 

Cindy Earl (1)
Friday May 14, 2010, 4:20 am
Sad yes, but they are just animals with instincts
 

Edwin M. (348)
Friday May 14, 2010, 4:28 am
I feel for this woman and her family,but the mother was doing what any mother would do to protect their child.
 

Terry B. (649)
Friday May 14, 2010, 4:42 am
If more stupid people would do things like that it would help with both human population control and evolution of the species by eliminating the dummies.
 

Suzanna van der Voort (271)
Friday May 14, 2010, 4:45 am
I don't blame the giraf, because she is protecting her territory and I am very sorry for this accident. Keep dogs on the leash when you take a walk in forests and the bush! Thanks for posting Lone.
 

Micky B. (35)
Friday May 14, 2010, 7:12 am
Being a South African, I must point out one mistake in the articles. Girrafes are not confined to the Limpopo province & the Kruger National Park. They are also found in the North West province, the outskirt of Gauteng as well as in zoos, reserves & game farms aroung South Africa. They are not left to roam wild as many people seem think! A lot of Americans, Europeans & Australians believe South Africa to be something from a 1970 movie where wild animals roam freeely. That is not true!
I feel sad that the lady lost her life, but as a South African she should have known better than to go walking with her dogs near wild animals. Our continent has a rich array of wild life & most of us go to the "bushveld" for gettaways, so we are familiar with wild animals. She should have used better judgement in this instance. I can also not believe that a game farm would allow visitors to bring their pets along as they are banned from any area where wild animals are kept - for obvious reasons - unless it was a family owned reserve.
Whatever the case my be, where wild animals & humans collide, it is always because of human interferrance of some kind. They will protect their turf & their young, so we should know better than to disturb them.
 

Debbie W. (130)
Friday May 14, 2010, 7:46 am
Very odd, the giraffe must have felt threatened.
 

Chavaughn v. (23)
Friday May 14, 2010, 7:50 am
sad but natural turn of events
 

corinne ramsden (5)
Friday May 14, 2010, 10:09 am
sad but these are wild animals,,,,
 

Jane Parker (70)
Friday May 14, 2010, 11:04 am
Deepest sympathy to the family, but giraffes have family too and they would also feel the need to protect themselves and their young.
 

Vijay Tankha (28)
Friday May 14, 2010, 11:12 am
Watch out for the big bad giraffe!! For crying out loud, why on earth would anyone want to walk dogs in a game reserve?
 

Sharon Balloch (132)
Friday May 14, 2010, 12:32 pm
Just one little well timed kick can change many peoples lives.. so sad
 

Peter B. (54)
Friday May 14, 2010, 1:02 pm
a very sad story.shared and noted.
 

Magdalena M. (0)
Friday May 14, 2010, 1:49 pm
In my opinion german pointer is the last dog which should be there off the leash. Dogs made the animal angry.
My neighbour has a german pointer and he upsets almost all dogs in the area. Sad, but human mistake.
 

Dianne D. (472)
Friday May 14, 2010, 2:11 pm
Almost all mothers will do whatever they have to in order to protect their babies. Sounds like the dog was not being controlled with the leash. I'm very sorry for the family of the woman that was killed, but I can't believe it was the giraffe fault.
 

Glenda J. (158)
Friday May 14, 2010, 2:35 pm
Our Wildlife is also very much been affected by Human Waste upon this Panet
 

Jean Lord (46)
Friday May 14, 2010, 4:23 pm
A sad story I feel sorry for the womans family. The loss of a life is always tragic. Just so sad.
 

Judith C. (159)
Friday May 14, 2010, 5:58 pm
Wild animals and domestic pets do not mix. Sad for her, but i think she should have known better.
 

Hugo Godinez (0)
Friday May 14, 2010, 6:28 pm
Thanks for the contribution
 

Lil Judd (70)
Friday May 14, 2010, 9:38 pm
Sad story - Mother's Day - 1st year Wedding Anniversary.... Sad - but don't ever go near a wild animal protecting young. And it does speak highly for Obedience Classes with Off Leash Training
 

KS Goh (0)
Saturday May 15, 2010, 3:02 am
Sad to read this.
 

Milena K. (244)
Sunday May 16, 2010, 6:55 pm
Noted. Thanks. Sorry to hear.
 

paul l. (2)
Tuesday May 18, 2010, 3:22 am
It was a very sad turn of events during a day that should have been a joyous one!
We do not know the circumstances of course, but it is surprising how often people get blasť and forget that animals are not called wild without a reason.
Judging from her name she was a S.African, who should have been more careful.
 
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