Giraffe kicks woman to death

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A woman has been kicked to death by a giraffe as she walked her dogs at a game farm in South Africa.

Merike Engelbrecht, 25, was staying with her family at the reserve near Musina in the north-eastern Limpopo Province on Saturday morning.

One of her dogs ran towards a giraffe and startled it. The giraffe apparently became agitated and violent because its calf was nearby. A police spokeswoman said: "It was a terrible incident. It appears the animal kicked out sharply as she walked close to it. The impact must have been enormous and we believe the victim would have died instantly." AP

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