In an extremely disturbing accident, one of two giraffes being illegally transported on a South Africa highway from Johannesburg to Warmbaths was killed on Wednesday after the animal hit its head on a low bridge reported the Guardian.com.
The two animals were blindfolded and standing erect in the back of an open truck. Witnesses were horrified when they saw the one giraffe smash his head against the bridge. An engineer, Thinus Botha had been traveling next to the transport holding the giraffes, and had pulled over towards the exit to photograph the animals when he witnessed the giraffe hit its head.
According to the Daily Mail, the truck had already broken down earlier in the trip and the animals were left stranded in the vehicle for hours. The driver had also been stopped by authorities at one of the toll booths. The owner of the giraffes stated the animals had traveled under bridges before and there were no incidences.
Robert Allan of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals confirmed the photos distributed on Twitter were genuine and that the giraffe had been killed. The truck transporting the animals did not conform to the South African Bureau of Standards.
"That's something we are very concerned about and we will be looking at a prosecution under animal cruelty legislation," Allan stated. “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."
Rest in peace giraffe.
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