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Giraffe dies after hitting head on low bridge during transport in South Africa

This was taken moments before one of the giraffes hit its head and died.
This was taken moments before one of the giraffes hit its head and died.
Thinus Botha

A giraffEare has died in South Africa after it hit its head on a low bridge while being transported from one place to another. My Fox 8 reported on July 31, 2014, that two giraffes were being transported on a South African highway while both of their heads and necks stuck out the top of a trailer attached to the truck.

The accident happened around 2:30 p.m. on Thursday afternoon, and eyewitnesses were horrified. One fellow driver said that he recalls hearing a "loud crack" when the accident happened.

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NBC News reported that a number of eyewitnesses began tweeting pictures of the two giraffes with their necks jutting out the top of the trailer. One Twitter user named Pabi Moloi:

"Look how low that bridge is and how tall the giraffes are," tweeted Moloi. "Who thought this one through? I wish I hadn't seen this."

Rick Allan of the Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Animals confirmed that the pictures were legit and the giraffe did die. He stated that the giraffes were being transported in an "incorrect" way and that it was "not up to standards."

Early indications show that the giraffe did die instantly upon hitting its head on the low-lying bridge.

32-year-old engineer Thinus Botha pulled over to get a picture of the giraffes in the trailer and then a few seconds later, he witnessed the accident. He said there was a "loud bang" and he "saw blood coming from the nose of the giraffe."

The driver was stopped by a toll booth operator further up the road. The driver later told reporters that the truck "went through lots of other bridges before the accident and the giraffe had craned its neck."

An investigation is still ongoing.

Numerous Twitter users said how the incident reminded them of a scene from "The Hangover III" in which Alan caused a 20-car pileup after accidentally decapitating a giraffe he was transporting in a trailer attached to his car.

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