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Giraffe being transported in trailer dies after hitting head on motorway bridge

By The Mirror | August 2nd 2014

A giraffe being transported in a trailer died after hitting its head on a motorway bridge.

The bizarre scene of two giraffes on the highway was captured on camera by several witnesses in Centurion, South Africa on Thursday.

Both animals were clearly visible as their heads stuck out of the top of a trailer being pulled by a truck.

Motorists watched in horror as one of the animals hit its head on a motorway bridge as the vehicle passed under.

According to EyeWitness News, the truck later broke down.

Rick Allan from the Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals told the newspaper a vet examined the animals and confirmed one died due to "severe head trauma".

The second giraffe was taken to safety.

"We are continuing our investigation with the view to possibly lay criminal charges against those responsible," Allan added.

The Citizen newspaper claims to have spoke to the giraffe's owner who said the animals had been able to crane their necks beneath bridges.

"We went through lots of other bridges," the owner allegedly added.

Those who witnessed the animal in the truck described it as a "shocking and sad" accident.

Pabi Moloi told Mashable: "My cousin and I were driving in Pretoria on a busy highway when I spotted a pair of giraffes in the back of a truck.

"I whipped out my phone to take pictures of this, since it isn't a very common thing to see in the city.

"As I was getting shots the truck went under a bridge and suddenly one of the giraffes hit its head hard on the concrete.

"The sound was so loud that my cousin, who was driving, asked me if there was someone shooting because she thought she'd heard a gunshot!

"That is how loud the impact was from the animal's head smashing into the overhead bridge.

"I quickly posted the pictures and the story on my social media. Soon the news had been alerted to the story and were reporting that the truck had in fact broken down.

"We saw in the rear view mirror that the truck had moved to side of the road and had stopped. Only one giraffe was still standing.

"That sound of a skull being hit and the force with which it threw the giraffes head forward is something I won't easily forget."

Some commented on how the tragedy resembled a scene from the film The Hangover Part III in which character Alan pulls a giraffe down the motorway in a trailer.

-The Mirror

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