Giraffe killed after hitting head on bridge while being transported in South Africa
An animal cruelty organisation is investigating the incident
A giraffe suffered severe head trauma and died in South Africa on Thursday, after its owner drove the towering creature underneath a bridge on a highway.
On Wednesday morning, two eyewitnesses tweeted photos showing two giraffes being transported in an open lorry container. They reported that one of the animals had hit its head as it travelled under a bridge on Garsfontein Road in Pretoria, South Africa.
"Saw two giraffes being transported to Pretoria on the highway today," TV and radio presenter Pabi Moloi, wrote alongside a photo she posted on Instagram.
"Not sure what the regulations are but as they were going under a normal highway bridge, I saw one of the giraffes hit its head.
"It was so terrible to see. Hope they got wherever they were going okay."
Look how low that bridge is and how tall the giraffes are. Who thought this one through? I wish I hadn't seen this. pic.twitter.com/as2jJkIwpv— Pabi Moloi (@PabiMoloi) July 31, 2014
After the giraffe collided with the monument, the vehicle broke down and the animals were stranded on the freeway, Eye Witness News reported.
Rick Allan, from the South African Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said, "All we can ascertain at this stage is severe head trauma. We are continuing our investigation with the view to possibly lay criminal charges against those responsible."
He later told eNews Channel Africa that the truck did not comply with South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) and that it driver had ignored the agency’s codes for transporting animals.
“When you are transporting giraffes on an open road, their heads should be covered by a structure which is a specially designed container that looks like a crate,” he said.
The giraffe’s owner confirmed it had died, according to a reporter from The Citizen.
“We went through lots of other bridges,” he said, adding he believed the animal had died because it had craned its neck.
- 1 The BBC has just done more to eradicate ‘terrorism’ than all our wars since 9/11
- 3 Mystery man who gave mum heart-warming note on train 'wanted to put a smile on her face'
King Salman: Just five days in, Saudi Arabia's new king has already overseen a beheading
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Mystery man who gave mum heart-warming note on train 'wanted to put a smile on her face'
Michelle Obama highlights harsh restrictions faced by Saudi women after meeting King Salman without wearing a headscarf
Chilling drone footage captures Auschwitz ahead of 70th anniversary of liberation
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: This post arises as a result of the need to...
£120 - £150 per annum: Tradewind Recruitment: I am recruiting on instruction o...
£70000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Head of Finance - Financial Controller - Fina...
£24000 - £28000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Marketing Executive - Wim...