South African filmmaker Carlos Carvalho died following a run-in with a giraffe while filming in a wildlife facility. Gerald the giraffe swung his neck and hit Carvalho's head as Carvalho filmed it, blew Carvalho through the air, and suffered a head trauma that eventually killed him. He was 47 years old.
Carvalho filmed at Glen Afric Farm in Broederstroom, about 40 miles from Johannesberg, when he "had a fatal accident with a giraffe on the set," says screenwriter CallaCrew
. He was flown to a Johannesburg hospital for treatment on Wednesday but succumbed to his injuries during the night.
One crew member, Drikus van der Merwe, said that the giraffe had appeared "inquisitive" and the strike "came from nowhere".
The film crew had been to the North West Province Wildlife Farm, where tourists could interact with wild animals to obtain footage for a German film, "Premium Nanny 2"
Carvalho won several awards, including a Silver Lion Cannes Film Festival in 2003 for a public announcement of Childline and a 201
A Glen Afric spokesman said Carvalho had ignored safety precautions not to approach the animal and was not allowed to film. 19659002] "Gerald was not to blame and would not be laid down," the farm said. "We will not shoot Gerald, he was not wrong, I do not consider him a dangerous animal."