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Halesowen mother's car damaged in West Midlands Safari Park rhino attack

Vicky Liggins is calling for tighter safety controls at West Midlands Safari Park Photo: BPM Media

A mother has called for tighter safety controls at West Midlands Safari Park after a charging rhino rammed into her vehicle while she was inside with her toddler and sister.

The Asian rhino caused £500 worth of damage to Vicky Liggins' car.

The bank worker, from Halesowen, says they were able to drive away.

The Asian rhino caused £500 worth of damage to Vicky Liggins' car. Credit: BPM Media
The safari park's bosses have apologised and sent Vicky £250 as a goodwill gesture. Credit: BPM Media

The car's back light was smashed, the rear was crumpled and there were dents to the driver's side.

The safari park's bosses have apologised and sent Vicky £250 as a goodwill gesture.

The 26 year-old is now calling on barriers to be erected to prevent rhinos wandering in front of vehicles.

I didn’t notice the rhino behind my car until it hit the vehicle with its horn.

We were all really frightened. It then shunted us from behind with such force that the back wheel lifted off the ground.

We were absolutely petrified. I thought the rhino was going to pierce the back panel and smash through the rear windscreen.

We couldn’t drive away because of the rhinos in front.

My daughter was in tears and the sad thing is that she loves animals.

It was one very scary and expensive day. As a member of the public you don’t expect to be hit by a massive animal like that.

– Vicky Liggins
Vicky has criticised the way park top brass handled the attack, which happened three weeks ago. Credit: BPM Media
West Midlands Safari Park has apologised for the incident Credit: BPM Media

Vicky has criticised the way park top brass handled the attack, which happened three weeks ago.

The highlight of a visit to West Midland Safari Park is to drive amongst free-roaming animals and to get the chance to feed some of them.

In addition, we also offer a guided minibus tour for a small extra charge.

We welcome many, many thousands of visitors during the course of a year without mishap and, therefore, we are very sorry that wasn’t so on this particular occasion.

– Spokeswoman, West Midlands Safari Park