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Video shows giraffe at Texas drive-thru safari park lifting toddler into the air

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A video has captured the moment a giraffe lifted a 2-year-old girl out of the back of a pickup truck while she was trying to feed the animal during a drive-thru safari in Texas. 

Jason Toten told KWTX that his “heart stopped” and his “stomach dropped” during the incident involving his daughter Paisley at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, outside of Dallas, on June 1. 

“We stopped to feed the giraffes and I turned around to look out the back window, and I saw the giraffe kind of digging around right there, and then it just grabbed her and I didn’t see her no more,” he said to the station. 

“Paisley was holding the bag [of food] and the giraffe went to go get the bag, not get her, but ended up getting her shirt too and picking her up,” Toten added. “Soon as she went up her mom just yelled hey — like ‘HEY!’ — and the giraffe just kind of let go.” 

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A video has captured a giraffe lifting a child into the air in Texas during a drive-thru safari. (Sierra Robert/TMX)

The child ultimately was unharmed. 

Footage taken of the incident begins with a red truck approaching a giraffe on its passenger side. 

“You want to feed the giraffe? Feed him,” Paisley’s mother is heard saying. 

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She then holds her daughter’s arm out towards the giraffe – but the animal grabs the child’s shirt instead and begins lifting her into the air. 

“My heart stopped, my stomach dropped… it scared me,” Jason Toten told KWTX. 

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Texas drive-thru safari giraffe lifts child into air

In a reflection on the truck’s window, Paisley Toten can be seen being lifted into the air by the giraffe. (Sierra Robert/TMX)

The Fossil Rim Wildlife Center describes itself as a nonprofit “specializing in captive breeding programs for indigenous and exotic endangered and threatened species.”

“Most Fossil Rim animals are free-roaming and may approach the vehicle. Even animals that may seem docile to you can be dangerous,” it says on its website. 

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The giraffe at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is seen approaching a truck on Sunday, June 1. (Sierra Robert/TMX)

 

“Effective June 6th, 2024, guests are no longer permitted to ride in the bed of pickup trucks,” it adds. 

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Horse dies after violent crash in Los Angeles County 

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Horse dies after violent crash in Los Angeles County 

A horse died after being struck by a sedan in the Santa Clarita Valley on Monday night. 

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials confirmed to KTLA that the collision occurred just after 8:30 p.m. near the intersection of Iron Canyon and Sand Canyon roads east of Santa Clarita. 

Nearby residents said they heard the collision followed by the sedan’s female driver screaming. Video from the scene shows that the vehicle sustained heavy front-end damage, with its front bumper completely torn off and the windshield smashed. 

The horse was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.  

It was not immediately clear if there was a rider on the horse or if it was alone at the time of the collision. A saddle was observed on the horse, according to preliminary information. 

The driver of the sedan, who was not immediately identified, was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment, however, her condition is not known. 

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No DUI is suspected, the sheriff’s department said, adding that the area is known for horse traffic. 

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Mystery as huge group of people falls violently ill while hiking through remote part of Grand Canyon

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Dozens of hikers visiting Havasupai Falls at the bottom of the Grand Canyon have reported falling violently ill with a mysterious sickness. 

In some cases, visitors were too sick to hike back out of the canyon, and needed to be carried out via helicopter. 

Maylin Griffiths, who visited the falls in Arizona to celebrate her 40th birthday, told AZ Family that her trip quickly turned into a nightmare after she suddenly fell very ill. 

“We [left] early morning on the 6th and then set up camp. We had a wonderful campsite,” Griffiths said. “I was throwing up, just a lot of GI issues and then it just progressively got worse and worse.”

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This photo provided by Randy Shannon shows Mooney Falls on the Havasupai reservation outside the village of Supai, Ariz., May 19, 2024. Dozens of tourists say they fell ill on a recent visit to a popular and picturesque stretch of waterfalls deep in a gorge neighboring Grand Canyon National Park. (Randy Shannon via AP)

Another friend in her group also got severely ill, and the group ended up hiking back several miles to a village in the canyon to get medical attention. 

“He discovered our temperatures were really high. Mine was 104 and my friend was 105. We were violently ill. They were able to admit us to the clinic there because they considered it life threatening,” Griffiths told the outlet.

Dozens have taken to social media recently with similar experiences, including Mary Blair, who recently spoke to Fox 10 about the nightmare. 

She and eleven others set out on a forty-mile hike to the falls, planned over four days. The trip took a turn on the final night of their trip when her son suddenly developed norovirus-like symptoms. 

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Havasu Falls on the Havasupai reservation in Arizona

This photo provided by Francesca Dupuy shows the Havasu Falls on the Havasupai reservation in Arizona, Sept. 4, 2023. (Francesca Dupuy via AP)

“He was throwing up and having diarrhea all night long. I got him in the river. We were in there at midnight, 1 o’clock, just to lower his body temperature,” Blair told the outlet.

Unbeknownst to them, others in the group were also sick. At 2 a.m., the groups started a two-mile hike out to a helicopter pad to get the sick to safety and medical attention. 

“This kid is a four-star athlete. He is the strongest out of all of us. He was using hiking poles, and he could barely walk,” Blair said of her son.

“On the way up, all of us were passing people who are throwing up and that’s when I was like, what the heck is going on?” Blair told Fox 10. “There’s probably 60–70 people down the line. There are multiple people throwing up.”

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When they got home, the Blair family saw that over 300 people had posted about similar experiences on Facebook, with symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea. 

It’s unclear what led to the mass illness, but Blair and her family – who are experienced hikers – told Fox 10 that nearly 400 people were camping in close quarters. Sanitary bathrooms were difficult to find, she said. 

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Havasupai Falls is located on the Havasupai Indian Reservation in Coconino County. In a Facebook post, the Havasupai Tribe Tourism Office wrote that the public water sources on the reservation are tested regularly, and were last determined to be safe for human consumption by the Havasupai Water Department on June 6. The next water test of the Fern Spring is scheduled for two weeks from June 11. 

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“There is an excessive heat warning at this time,” the tourism authority wrote. “The Havasupai Tribe reminds all tourists to properly hydrate before, during and after your visit to Havasupai. Please consider supplementing your water intake with electrolytes.” “Lastly, it is critically important that all tourists take our their trash, camping supplies and personal items,” the post continued. 

“Properly dispose of hygiene items. The trash bins in the composting toilets are not for your personal campsite trash… The cost to remove tourist trash and gear by helicopter is substantial.”

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Orange County neighborhood rallies after resident’s Pride flag slashed by vandals

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Orange County neighborhood rallies after resident’s Pride flag slashed by vandals

Residents in Anaheim are rallying behind a gay couple after vandals ripped down a Pride flag from their home and slashed it into pieces over the weekend.  

The June 15 incident happened in the early morning hours and was captured on the couple’s home surveillance cameras.  

Jake Nolan and his partner, Jon, have lived in their Anaheim home for the last seven years and said they installed the flag as a celebration of Pride Month.  

“We were like, ‘Did that really just happen? Did someone slash the flag and pull it down?” Nolan told KTLA’s Rachel Menitoff.  

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Footage of the incident shows a person walk through their yard up to the flag and pull out a knife.  

“You see him grab the flag, slash it and then rip it down,” Nolan explained. “Then he says some stuff and you kind of see him stomp through the yard.”  

While the couple said they have a hard time understanding why someone would act this way, what they found after they posted the hateful incident to a neighborhood Facebook page was an overwhelming response of support.  

“I said, I’m going to order 10 flags. If you guys want a flag, we can show solidarity and we can all show support,” neighbor Elia Renteria said after reading the social media post. “Come on down and grab a flag and you can all put it on your front door.”  

Neighbors on the street responded in droves and now one house after another is flying the Pride flag in solidarity.  

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“It makes you feel good to know that where we planted our roots is a community that looks out for us and we can all look out for each other,” Nolan said.  

He added that he’s not going to allow the hateful act to deter him from showing his love and support for Pride.  

“If people can see it and feel support, like, that was a big motivator for us to get it back up as soon as possible,” he said. “It’s a message of you can do it, but you can’t keep us down.”  

The couple did file a police report and officers with Anaheim Police Department were at their house on Monday. The incident is also being investigated as a possible hate crime.  

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