A mother and child were left critically injured yesterday afternoon after they were trampled by a giraffe on a farm in Hoedspruit.
“ER24 paramedics were alerted to this incident after the Hoedspruit Medical Rescue arrived on the scene and assessed the patients. Assessments showed that a mother, believed to be in her 30s, as well as a 3-year-old boy, had sustained numerous injuries and were both in a critical condition,” Hannes Meiring from ER24 said.
The mother and child were treated for their injuries by Hoedspruit Medical Rescue and thereafter rushed to a nearby airfield where the two ER24 Oneplan Helicopters were waiting.
Further treatment and advanced life support interventions were initiated, in an effort to stabilize the patient’s vital signs.
Once treated, the two patients were airlifted to Busamed Modderfontein for urgent treatment.
Two months ago, an alleged poacher was arrested soon after being trampled by elephants in the Kruger National Park earlier on Sunday, reports the Lowvelder.
According to SANParks’ media specialist Ike Phaahla, the man was confirmed to be part of a poaching group.
“He was arrested by the SAPS after he was injured while running away from elephants,” Phaahla said.
Earlier on, three suspected poachers who were apparently hunting for rhinos were mauled to death and eaten by lions at a game reserve in the Eastern Cape.
The men entered the Sibuya Game Reserve on the southeast coast armed with a high-powered rifle and an axe in the early hours of Monday and were found dismembered the following day.
"They strayed into a pride of lions – it's a big pride so they didn't have too much time," reserve owner Nick Fox, 60, told AFP.