Award-Winning Filmmaker Dies After Being Head-Butted by Giraffe

May 07, 2018

Carlos Carvalho, 47, an award-winning South African filmmaker, was shooting a film about a British family in South Africa when he had a fatal run-in with a giraffe.


Carvalho was attempting to get a close-up of a giraffe named Gerald when the animal head-butted him and sent him flying 16 feet through the air.


The filmmaker suffered massive head injuries and was airlifted to a hospital in Johannesburg where he succumbed to his injuries.



CallaCrew, Carvalho’s film crew agency, announced his death on their Facebook page.



“It is with a very sad heart that we have to announce the passing of Carlos Carvalho, one of our favorite DOP’s. Carlos was filming a feature at Glen Afric and had a fatal run-in with a giraffe on set,” the post read.


“He was flown to Milpark Hospital but succumbed to his injuries at 20:50 last night. Our thoughts and condolences go out to Carlo’s family and friends during this very sad time. He will be sorely missed.”



Carvalho won the Silver Lion at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003 for his short film “Childline.” He also won an African Movie Academy Cinematography Award for his work on “The Forgotten Kingdom.”


Gerald the giraffe will not be euthanized, according to the lodge owner, Richard Booker. “Gerald will remain at the lodge. He did nothing wrong,” said Booker.


If you are wondering what a giraffe looks like, the video below might give you an idea.

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