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Posted: September 14, 2018

Mom, son attacked by giraffe continue to recover

Fast Facts About Giraffes

By Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

A mother and her young son who were both attacked by a giraffe near their home are recovering.

Katy Williams and her son Finn are both in the hospital healing from the vicious attack near their home on a nature preserve in South Africa, Jack Standish, Williams’ father, told ABC News.

Finn was expected to be taken off a ventilator Thursday, but will remain sedated as he recovers from his injuries, ABC News reported.

He will need more surgeries, but doctors said they will be cosmetic procedures to repair damage to his head. Finn did suffer a brain injury, but doctors do not expect any long-term effects.

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Katy Williams recently regained consciousness and has been told how her son is progressing, ABC News reported.

A female giraffe attacked the mother and son because experts believe they surprised her and she felt that Williams and her son were a threat to her two-month-old calf.

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Standish said that his daughter and grandson went from a wooded area to a clearing when the giraffe saw them. 

Katy Williams and her husband, Sam Williams, who chased off the giraffe and saw the attack on his family, are both scientists in animal-related fields, CBS News reported.

Both Katy Williams and Finn remained in intensive care, the “Today” show reported.


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Mother, son trampled by giraffe near their home

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Mother, son trampled by giraffe near their home

FILE PHOTO: A giraffe trampled a woman and her son in South Africa after experts said the animal may have felt threatened by them getting too close to her calf.

Mother, son trampled by giraffe near their home 

A mother and her 3-year-old son were critically injured when a giraffe trampled them after they may have gotten too close to the giraffe’s two-month-old calf.

Dr. Katy Williams and her husband Dr. Sam Williams work and live on the Blyde Wildlife Estate near Hoedspruit, South Africa, Fox News reported.

Sam Williams was returning to the house from work Monday evening and saw his wife and son being attacked by the female giraffe. He confronted the animal and scared it off, saving his family. 

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Experts believe the animal was protecting its baby from a perceived threat by Katy Williams and her son Finn when they surprised her, Fox News reported.

The Sun is reporting that Finn may have permanent brain damage as a result of the attack.

Both he and his mother have undergone surgeries. Family members say Katy Williams was put into a medically induced coma because of multiple injuries, The Sun reported.

Both were listed in critical but stable condition in Johannesburg.


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