Video: Giraffe attacks safari jeep full of tourists

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This video shows the moment a group of terrified safari tourists were attacked in their jeep by a two-and-a-half tonne giraffe.

The animal galloped after the group, caught up with them, kicked at the driver and knocked off the right wing-mirror of the Toyota Land Cruiser.

Video: Giraffe attacks safari jeep full of tourists



The 13ft giant chased and barged the vehicle through two miles of South African savannah, in scenes reminiscent of of the T-Rex in hit movie Jurassic Park.

The dramatic footage was captured by cameraman Rainer Schimpf, who said: "There was laughter; then tension; then fear."

Video: Giraffe attacks safari jeep full of tourists


The giraffe saw the game vehicle miles away and started walking to it, intimidating the passengers.

Once the guests started feeling uncomfortable, the driver took off.


Schimpf added: "Once he caught up with the car in a gallop the giraffe kicked at the driver and knocked off the right wing-mirror."

The driver, who was unhurt, stopped and backed up.

Video: Giraffe attacks safari jeep full of tourists


It is well-known in the park for its odd behaviour but had never attacked humans before. It is thought a hormonal imbalance triggered the attack.

The relieved passengers - who included German tourist Silke Ptaszynski, South Africans Sarene Carter and Mavis Carter, and driver Trevor - were able to laugh about their experience back at camp.

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