The wife and little son of a British scientist are fighting for their lives in the hospital after being brutally attacked by a giraffe in a wildlife reserve in South Africa.
The terrified Katy Williams, 35, and her son Finn, 3, were left almost dead near their home at Blyde Wildlife Estate, near Hoedspruit, after the terrifying encounter.
Spouse Sam Williams returned home from work and saw his wife and son born in the United States being attacked and was able to chase away the giraffe and save their lives.
It is believed that the giraffe that had a two-month-old calf attacked the young mother and her son because she felt threatened when they surprised her.
Katy Williams, 35, and her son Finn, 3, photographed with their British husband Sam Williams, are in intensive care after the incident
The attack happened near his home at Blyde Wildlife Estate near Hoedspruit (pictured)
It is believed that Mr. and Mrs. Williams are scientists working in the game reserve.
The attack occurred on Monday at 6 p.m. and Sam, born in the United Kingdom, asked for emergency help and the Hoedspruit Medical Rescue team ran to the scene to try to help.
But both were so badly injured in such a life threatening condition that they were transferred to a local airfield to wait for two helicopter air ambulances from Johannesburg.
Finn was the first to be transported by ER24 to helicopters at the Busamed Modderfontein Hospital in Johannesburg and the mother then followed in the second helicopter.
An operation was performed in Finn during the early hours of Tuesday morning to release pressure on his brain due to injuries suffered in the almost deadly attack.
His mother was operated and it is said that both are in stable but critical condition.
The manager of Blyde Wildlife Estate, Riaan Cilliers, confirmed the incident and said: "We are all shocked by this sad incident and we assure the family that they are in our prayers."
Mr. Cilliers confirmed that the giraffe in question has a calf for two months, which may have influenced his behavior and may have been surprised by the mother and son.
Both husband and wife are scientists with doctoral experience in animal-related fields.
Both victims were flown to the Busamed Modderfontein Hospital in Johannesburg to receive treatment
Williams said in a press release that he regarded the incident as an "unfortunate act of nature" in which the giraffe viewed his wife and son as a threat to his offspring.
He said the family has asked the public and the media to respectfully respect their privacy during "this difficult time" they are going through and have published two family photographs.
Any further inquiries will be handled by your family Botha & Lovegrove Attorneys Marina Botha family lawyer located in Hoedspruit.
Earlier this year, the cameraman of the British television show Wild at Heart was killed by a giraffe while filming in the Glen Africa Game Reserve in Broederstroom in the North West Province.
South African filmmaker Carlos Carvalho, 47, was shot down 16 feet in the air when the giraffe crashed into him with his neck and died of his injuries later in the hospital.
The television series that shows a British family with an animal hospital in the African jungle was filmed in Glen Africa for many years and Carvalho had worked on most of the episodes.
It is said that the giraffe that killed him named Gerald attacked others in the past.
Giraffes grow up to 19 feet tall and can weigh more than a ton and are the tallest mammal in the world and males become aggressive in the mating season and females protect their young.