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AR7PRC A pair of giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis) in the Kruger National Park in South Africa's Mpumalanga Province.. Image shot 12/1999. Exact date unknown.

A giraffe crushed to death a 16-month-old toddler in an eastern region of South Africa in a rare attack by the world’s tallest mammal, yesterday.

  Police authorities say the attack occurred in a farm around 270 kilometres (168 miles) northeast of the port city of Durban.

  According to police spokeswoman, Nqobile Gwala, a 25-year-old mother and her 16-month-old daughter were attacked around 1400 GMT at Kuleni Farm in the Hluhluwe area when they were trampled by a giraffe.

  She said the girl was taken to a nearby doctor’s practice “where she died” while the mother was rushed to hospital for medical attention where she is in a critical condition.

  Investigation has since been launched into the incident but it will be recalled that giraffes do not usually attack humans.

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