Rampaging rhinos attack terrified mum and kids on drive through UK safari park

A terrified mum and her two young kids had their car smashed up by two randy rhinos while on a trip to a UK safari park.

Stacey Gormley was driving her sons Buddy, seven, and one-year-old Boden through the wild animal enclosures at West Midlands Safari Park when the rhinos charged.

A park ranger in a jeep desperately tried to divert the rhinos away from the road but was too late as two huge beasts collided with her black Nissan following a chase, which involved a 1.6-ton female rhino being chased by a horny male.

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The female rammed its horn and body into the bonnet of Stacey's car while the male shunted the vehicle back several feet when it hit the front wing, causing a dent in her bonnet, damaging a headlight, tearing off the bumper and leaving horn marks.

Stacey, from Warndon, Worcester, said the car has been written off and has lodged a claim with her insurance company.

The 32-year-old said: "Two rhinos were being chased by a safari jeep and they were running onto the tracks.

"I just thought, they're coming, they're coming, it made me feel sick at the time."

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She added: “I desperately tried to put the car into reverse to get out of their way but they charging towards us so fast.

"It was terrifying.

"It was like a scene from Jurassic Park.

"My seven-year-old was in the front seat so saw everything and was very shaken up by it.

"Luckily we're okay.

"I have not been able to sleep, I keep thinking 'what if' because it could have been a lot worse.”

Safari park bosses at the Worcester-based attraction offered the family four free tickets following the terrifying incident.

Stacey added: "My seven-year-old keeps talking about it and going on about what happened, they gave us four free tickets, but I don't think he'll want to go back anytime soon.

"If we were to go again, I would feel quite nervous but I know what time the rhinos come out, so I would like to avoid them."

A spokesperson for the park said: "As part of the safari drive-through experience, many of our animals are able to roam freely between vehicles and this includes our herd of white rhino.

"Keepers in patrol vehicles are always in close attendance, to monitor all animal and vehicle movements for the safety of our guests.

"We do state that guests drive their own vehicles at their own risk and these T&Cs are required to be accepted at the time of booking tickets.

"We do offer guided minibus tours for those people who do not wish to enter the safari in their own vehicle."

"On September 5, one of our female rhinos collided with a vehicle within the African reserve," the spokesperson added.

"During the incident, our team of trained keepers in patrol vehicles attempted to guide the rhinos away, but unfortunately were unable to prevent the rhino from coming into contact with the car.

"The guests reported there were no injuries which is always our main priority, and following this, they continued their safari drive-through experience."


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