Baby Giraffe Involved in Attack on Woman, Son Dies

The calf did not survive relocation
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2018 6:57 PM CDT
File photo of a baby giraffe.   (Santa Barbara Zoo via AP)

(Newser) – In a heartbreaking ending to an already tragic story, the 2-month-old giraffe whose mother trampled a US scientist and her 3-year-old son in South Africa earlier this month has died. Katy Williams and son Finn were near their home in Blyde Wildlife Estate when they surprised the mother and calf, and the mother attacked. Both giraffes were to be relocated from the wildlife reserve to another location; the mother survived the move, but the calf did not, the Times reports. "It is with the utmost sadness that we have to break the news that the 2-month-old calf unfortunately did not survive," the board of the estate said in a statement. The estate manager adds that "all necessary precautions were taken and all legal requirements were adhered to," and says everyone involved is "devastated," the New York Daily News reports.

As for the Williams family, their lawyer says Katy "understands that it will take time to recover fully‚ but she has a positive attitude and she is surprising doctors with her rapid progress. She is communicating by writing words and sentences on paper‚ and she has written to ask [husband] Sam to thank everyone for their overwhelming support so far on her behalf." A GoFundMe campaign set up to raise money for medical expenses says she is also using sign language. Finn, according to the crowdfunding page, is "stable but still in critical condition, and Sam has stated that he hopes he wakes up so that they can be reunited as a family." The family's lawyer says Finn has been sedated but is beginning to wake up; the severity of his injuries will be better understood when he has regained consciousness.

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