Giraffe hits head on highway bridge & dies in Johannesburg

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One of the giraffes being transported in a truck on the highway in Centurion has died, according to reports. Eyewitness News reported on Thursday that a truck was spotted on the N1 transporting two giraffes.

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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.

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!”

-News 24

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