South African giraffe dies after “hitting bridge”
South Africa’s animal rights body is probing the death of a giraffe that was reportedly injured as it was being transported on a motorway.
Eyewitnesses say the giraffe, one of two on a truck, hit its head on a bridge on Johannesburg’s N1 motorway. The vehicle then broke down and had to wait several hours to be repaired.
Both animals were then taken to a vet, but the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal (NSPCA) said one died on arrival. The incident has created a stir on the social networking site Twitter.
Thinus Botha tweeted that he had been driving behind the truck when the animal struck its head on Garsfontein Bridge.
There was “lots of blood”, he tweeted.
NSPCA’s manager Rick Allen confirmed that the giraffe had sustained a head injury but said that an autopsy was necessary to determine the cause of death. He said the animals were on route to a game farm in Warmbarths, about 160km (99 miles) outside Johannesburg.
Pabi Moloi, the Instagram user and a South African TV and radio presenter, says the incident will haunt her for a long time.
"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.” (x)
ya so fuck exploiting animals for entertainment. fuck people. i am so upset.