9 Rescuers Risk Their Lives To Catch Giraffe Choking On Wire Wrapped Around His Neck

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

Local animal rescuers in the Democratic Republic of Congo had their work cut out for them when they learned of a giraffe who had a metal wire wrapped around his neck.

They knew that they had to do everything to save him, understanding that they would be putting their own lives in danger to do so.

Neil Parsons, who led the rescue effort at the private game reserve, reportedly told Caters News, “It had wire wrapped around its neck, which was constricting, but hadn’t cut into the flesh yet. If left longer, it probably would have cut into the neck and eventually killed the giraffe.”

Neil and his team first had to tranquilize the giant animal. Then, they had to run to quickly catch him as he fell. Knowing that they only had minutes, the team had to work efficiently. Neil hopped onto the downed giraffe’s neck and cut off the metal wire. By watching the clip of the rescue, you can see that he barely made it: he nearly loses his balance as the giraffe lifts his giant head.

In as little as 15 minutes, the giraffe was back on his feet.

“The giraffe is now fine,” Neil said. “He had joined up with his females before we left the farm.”

As reported by Inside Edition, it was especially crucial to rescue this giraffe because the species is going extinct in the area, according to local authorities.

Please SHARE if you’re thankful for the rescuers who put themselves at risk like this for the animals they care for!

Photos: Inside Edition

Due to restrictions, this video cannot
be viewed in your region.