Gi­raffe vic­tim ‘didn’t fol­low the rules’, says lodge

Sunday Times - - Front Page - By PHILANI NOMBEMBE

● Cin­e­matog­ra­pher Car­los Car­valho, who was killed by a gi­raffe this week, flouted film­ing rules.

This is ac­cord­ing to Richard Brooker, an an­i­mal man­ager at Glen Afric Coun­try Lodge in Hart­beespoort, north of Jo­han­nes­burg, where the freak ac­ci­dent oc­curred on Wednes­day. Brooker said Car­valho was shoot­ing for the Ger­man movie Pre­mium Nanny 2 when he got too close to a sev­enyear-old bull known as Ger­ald.

Brooker, whose fam­ily owns the busi­ness, said there was a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent re­cently when an an­i­mal wran­gler took a tourist too close to Ger­ald. He said the tourist es­caped with scratches.

“Car­los didn’t fol­low the rules. We know, with ev­ery an­i­mal we work with, that there is a risk and if you step out of line you take the risk. You pay the price and this is what hap­pened,” said Brooker. “We sent a let­ter out on April 11 just to state the safety on how to deal with the an­i­mals and the need to be very care­ful.”

Brooker said the in­ci­dent hap­pened af­ter Ger­ald had been re­leased from the set, which had been in­ci­dent-free. He said Car­valho and the ac­tors set out on a ve­hi­cle to shoot wide shots, but he got too close and footage from his cam­era could prove that.

The an­i­mal hit Car­valho with its head and he fell to the ground un­con­scious. He was air­lifted to Net­care Mil­park Hos­pi­tal in Jo­han­nes­burg, where he died.

“There is footage of his cam­era rolling and you can see him close to the gi­raffe where he shouldn’t have been. He knows that; he has worked with us for nine years and he took a risk,” said Brooker.

He said Ger­ald was do­ing well. The bull, said Brooker, grew up in a boma af­ter a deal to ex­port him failed and Glen Afric gave him a sanc­tu­ary.

Jan Bow­den from the Cal­laCrew film com­pany took to Face­book to say Car­valho would “be sorely missed”.

Cin­e­matog­ra­pher Car­los Car­valho and Ger­ald, the gi­raffe that killed him.

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