DailyMail A film-maker was horrifically killed after his skull was crushed by a bull giraffe in an attack at the safari park used to film ITV’s popular Wild at Heart series. Carlos Carvalho had worked on most of the series of the hit family drama that featured a British family building up an animal hospital in the South African bush. But the 47-year-old was sent flying 16 feet through the air while working on a feature film with Gerald the Giraffe after the animal headbutted him, causing devastating head injuries. He was airlifted from the scene in Broederstroom, South Africa, to the same hospital where British safari park owner Mike Hodge is recovering from a lion attack in Johannesburg but surgeons were unable to save him. Drikus Van Der Merwe was part of the filming crew and said he was stood next to Carlos when he was attacked. ‘He started chasing the boom swinger who joined our unit,’ he added. ‘The giraffe followed him but we didn’t feel threatened because he just seemed to be inquisitive. ‘We started shooting close ups of its body and its feet. Then while Carlos was looking through the camera eyepiece Gerald swung his neck and hit him against his head. ‘It came out of nowhere and Carlos didn’t even see it coming. He wasn’t aware of the danger.’ The tragedy happened at the popular 1,500-acre Glen Afric Country Lodge in Hartbeespoort which is 50 miles north the hospital he was flown to on Wednesday night. Van Der Merwe said Carlos’s body lay lifeless on the ground until the on-set paramedic arrived. ‘I could see he was unconscious,’ he said. ‘There was blood coming out of his eyes and ears so I knew he had a severe head trauma. But I never thought he would die. ‘Out of all the wild animals we have filmed I can’t believe a giraffe killed Carlos. I suppose we get so used to filming animals that we become desensitised in a way.’ Moments before the attack, photographer Van Der Merwe took the final pictures of Carlos alive as he worked on rigging. Owner of Glen Afric Country Lodge Richard Brooker yesterday told how he was killed. He said: ‘Carlos was standing in front of the giraffe, the animal spread its legs, bent its neck and swung its head at Carlos. It was a terrible accident and we are heartbroken.
An award winning director named Carlos Carvalho was killed by Gerald The Giraffe while filming the popular series Wild At Heart in South Africa, in what is being called a tragic accident, and the general public is shocked because giraffes are normally thought of as friendly herbivores. Carlos Carvalho was filming the giraffe, when the animal swung its head in the direction of the director, essentially catching him with a head butt that sent the director flying nearly fifteen-feet through the air. The crew knew that Carvalho was unconscious and hurt, but they never expected him to die, and unfortunately Carvalho succumbed to the blunt force trauma injuries suffered from the giraffe. While giraffes are normally thought of as harmless animals that you can feed leads to at the zoo with zero risk, giraffes are big and powerful creatures, which are capable of inflicting devastating injuries on humans. If provoked, giraffes can become aggressive towards humans, like this territorial giraffe that went viral for aggressively chasing a safari Jeep in 2016. Rest In Peace Carlos Carvalho, whenever you are working with a large animal, there is serious risk involved.
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