Moment giraffe hauls toddler, 2, from back of family’s pick up truck on safari drive in heart-stopping video

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Watch as Paisley’s mum is heard saying, “Oh, look”, before fascination turns to panic as the giraffe yanks her daughter from the vehicle.

Terrifying video shows the moment a giraffe hauled a two-year-old child from the back of her family’s pickup truck as they drove through a safari park.

Paisley Toten, 2, was lifted into the air when the giraffe gripped onto her t-shirt with its mouth.

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The family are seen travelling along a road in the wildlife park - approaching a curious giraffe. Paisley’s mum, Sierra, 23, can be heard asking her daughter, “Do you want to feed the giraffe?” Guided by her mum, Paisley outstretches her hand, full of animal food, with the giraffe taking a nibble.

Giraffe pokes its head into the back of family's pickup truck.Giraffe pokes its head into the back of family's pickup truck.
Giraffe pokes its head into the back of family's pickup truck. | SWNS

Seconds later, the animal moves its head into the vehicle, towards Paisley, as she backs away. The giraffe then suddenly lifts Paisley from the truck into the air as her mum screams “Hey!”. In another video of the incident, taken by a driver behind the family’s truck, the giraffe is then seen dropping Paisley, who lands safely in her mum’s arms.

The incident took place at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas, on June 1.

Issuing a statement about the incident to ABC News, the wildlife centre said: “The safety of our guests and animals is always of utmost importance to us. Although an incident like this has never occurred here previously, we are taking immediate action to make sure it won't happen again."

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