US Scientist, Young Son Trampled by Giraffe

US Scientist, Young Son Trampled by Giraffe

An American scientist and her 3-year-old son are in critical condition after they were attacked by a giraffe at their South Africa home.

The giraffe was chased off by Katy's husband Sam Williams, a scientist from Britain. And although he chased the animal off, both of his family members were treated there before being airlifted to a hospital in Johannesburg.

The youngster has had surgery to release pressure on his brain, and his mother has also had an operation, paramedics said.

The animal was with a two-month-old calf and is believed to have attacked Finn Williams and his mum Katy, 35, as it felt threatened.

Dr Katy Williams, who born in the United States, was operated on for multiple injuries.

His lawyer also said Dr Sam Williams regards the attack as "unfortunate act of nature".

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Katy and Finn Williams were flown by medivac helicopter to a hospital in Johannesburg for treatment.

Both mother and son were in critical but stable condition, the family said in a statement.

Earlier this year at cameraman on British TV show Wild at Heart was killed by a giraffe as he filmed at the Glen Africa game reserve in Broederstroom in North West Province. A source at the Blyde Wildlife Estate describes the pair as "very badly injured" and "covered in blood", per the Sun.

Giraffes grow up to 19 feet tall and can weigh over a ton and are the world's tallest mammal and males become aggressive in mating season and females web protecting their young. It said the family has "decided to take one day at a time and stay positive".

The toddler and his mother, originally from the USA, were treated at the scene before being airlifted to Busamed Modderfontein Hospital in Johannesburg.

ER24 was among the emergency services that responded to the scene, and reported that both had sustained numerous injuries and were in critical condition.

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