Safari Jeep Barely Escapes a Giraffe's Charging Attack

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A group on a safari tour of a South African game park found themselves reliving the infamous "Jurassic Park" T. rex chase scene, only this time, the part of the giant dinosaur was played by an enraged giraffe. According to the Daily Mail U.K., the group of tourists found their vehicle being chased by an agitated giraffe after the driver came too close to the animal.

Since this is the age of lightning-quick smartphone reflexes, a man on the safari started filming the attack shortly after it started. Footage shows the giraffe galloping after the fleeing car and captures the panicked reactions of the other safari passengers.

People in the vehicle went on the safari following a wedding in the area. No one was expecting this ride to be the most exciting part of the trip. As the riders become aware of the danger of the approaching giraffe, you can hear them plead with the driver to speed up.

Due to the unreliable and winding dirt road, the driver was unable to outrace the approaching giraffe. Every turn you see the animal gaining on the car, until finally the driver is able to scare off the animal by banging on the side of the vehicle and making other loud noises. At the end of the clip, the animal starts to lose interest and heads off in a different direction.

Henk Roos, the passenger who filmed the incident explained to the Daily Mail, "After an amazing wedding, we went on a game drive and a hormonal giraffe started to chase our jeep." Now that's truly one wild after-party.

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I worked in a game park and we constantly had animals chasing us. They know the vehicle is where the food comes from so when they see you they run towards you. Just because an animal is chasing you doesn't mean it is out to do you harm. Especially on a preserve where the animals are regularly fed out of a vehicle. Some people should just stay home if they are going to act stupid.

June 26 2013 at 11:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Heard the universal word known in every language.

June 26 2013 at 8:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

My son has a tiny lion-head bunny that can at times have a really nasty attitude with him. Never with anyone else,just him. She is litter trained and every once in a while if one of the dogs gets near her litter box or food she will run them off with there tail between there legs. I can imagine what fear a giraffe may cause to some people.

June 25 2013 at 10:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It is not very scarey to have a giraffe loping after the jeep. If people want to see wild animals in their territory, they better be laid back and learn to understand the animals and their behavior when in their territory. The driver should have calmly slowed down and explained about the giraffe. Never panic in a situation like this!!!!!!!!

June 25 2013 at 8:34 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I love how people get too close to animals and then are all surprised and sometimes outraged that the animal lashes out. When will people learn to enjoy nature while keeping their distance, heeding any warnings, and using common sense? Don't eff with Mother Nature!

June 25 2013 at 8:06 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

People get too close to animals and then are shocked when the animal retaliates. Pretty sure if animals could speak, they would tell us to Eff-off.

June 25 2013 at 8:00 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

I'd like to know what that idiot driving finds so funny about that event. If that giraffe was able to catch up with them, none of them would have survived that attack.

June 25 2013 at 6:54 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

How would you like animals driving up in your yard, and taking pictures of you lounging in your living room or back yard??!

June 25 2013 at 6:42 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Don't know what language they were speaking but one of the last expletives was universal I guess the American word for "Crap"!

June 25 2013 at 4:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Some of the commenters seem baffled that a leaf-eating animal can be so aggressive. I have news for you. Non-carnivorous animals have to fight off carnivores out in nature and they will butt and trample any carnivore found near the herd. I have worked with cattle and horses that are grass-eaters. They are domesticated, but you have to be extremely careful how you approach them. Never approach them from behind, unless you want to be kicked into future sterility. Horses are conditioned to being mounted from the left side. Coming from the wrong side will make it rear up and either back off or strike at you with its hooves.
And if you work with cattle, stay near a fence you can climb up and get over to avoid charging cows and bulls.

June 25 2013 at 4:22 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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