Giraffe hits head on highway bridge, dies

Johannesburg – One of the giraffes being transported in a truck on the highway in Centurion has died, according to reports.

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Eyewitness News reported on Thursday that a truck was spotted on the N1 transporting two giraffes.

According to witnesses one of the giraffes had knocked its head when the truck drove under a bridge.

Rick Allen MD of Tshwana SPCA told News24 that the SPCA was investigating the incident, with the intention of laying charges against those responsible.

Allen said: "The SABS has published a code for wildlife transport, and it would appear that the open transport with the giraffes' head sticking out is not acceptable."

The SPCA has ascertained that Nature Conservation has issued permits for the transport of the animals.

Sapa reported that the other giraffe was taken to a wildlife veterinary clinic.

Dion Abrahamson, News24 user, who saw the truck wrote: “I saw the truck transporting the two giraffes at 11:45 this morning. The truck was just before the Van Buuren off ramp on the N1 to Pretoria. The giraffes were blindfolded so they couldn't even see any bridges. Disgraceful.”

News24 user Gerry Theron sent this picture and said: "Front of the truck was full of people, surely they had to see that the giraffes were against highway height restrictions - barely missed the signage gantrys over the highway. This is terrible!"

Twitter users reported seeing the giraffes on the N1 after the truck had broken down early on Wednesday.

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Vincent Nkomotje 2014/07/31 05:39:23 PM
hangover 4?
Michael Chalky White 2014/07/31 05:47:09 PM
Was Alan Garner Driving?
Liam John 2014/07/31 05:47:35 PM
This is outrageous,looks like they were blindfolded as well.Throw the book at these guys.At least a heavy,heavy fine donated to wildlife.
Steven Francisco 2014/07/31 05:49:24 PM
Only in africa
Brendan Holtshousen 2014/07/31 05:50:06 PM
This is so sad man! Those poor animals.
Liam John 2014/07/31 05:50:07 PM
Why did you guys that took photos stop the driver.WHY.
Tseky Lovelace 2014/07/31 05:51:17 PM
Oh No!
Hauke Liefferink 2014/07/31 05:55:30 PM
How did the Giraffes miss the e-toll gantries?
Motofogo Mulilo 2014/07/31 05:56:45 PM
Hardly surprising when a country passes with a 30% mark. These are some of the results. (Pun intended)
Liam John 2014/07/31 06:00:43 PM
I have not been this pissed off in a long time.