A giraffe trampled a toddler to death and left the child’s mother fighting for her life after a rare attack at a South African safari park, officials said.

The 16-month-old girl and 25-year-old mom were rammed at Kuleni Game Park in KwaZulu-Natal province Wednesday, police told the BBC.

“The child was taken to the nearest doctor’s room where she died,” police Lt. Nqobile Madlala told the UK outlet.

The mom, who was not identified, was hospitalized in critical condition, according to Agence France-Presse.

The deadly attack came without warning — and possibly because the giraffe was protecting a calf, SA People reported.

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A giraffe trampled a toddler to death and left her mother fighting for life in a rare attack in a South African safari this week.
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Local media reported the mom was a tour guide at the resort, which promises “absolute luxury in the bush” among zebras, wildebeests and the usually placid giraffes.

“Enjoy close encounters with animals while walking or cycling the numerous trails,” the park tells guests — promising a “safe environment.”

The park has yet to comment on the tragedy, SA People reported.

Police spokesman Lt. Col. Nqobile Gwala told the news outlet “the circumstances surrounding the attack are still under investigation.”

Giraffe attacks are rare, and most commonly happen when females protect their calves.

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Giraffe attacks are rare, but usually occur when mother mammals are protecting their offspring.
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In 2018, British scientist Sam William’s wife and son survived getting were trampled by a female giraffe at Blyde Wildlife Estate in South Africa.

A few months earlier, wildlife cameraman Carlo Carvalho, 47, was killed while filming a TV show, “Wild at Heart,” when an agitated giraffe battered him with its long neck, SA People noted.

In 2015, a South African cyclist was found fatally crushed in a game park, where experts also suspected a giraffe.



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