Giraffe killed by low bridge in South Africa

Last updated 11:19 01/08/2014
Sydney Morning Herald

One of two blindfolded giraffes being transported in the open air down a South African highway hits its head on a passing bridge and dies.

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Outrage is growing over the death of a blindfolded giraffe after its head hit a low bridge while it was being transported along a busy highway in South Africa.

A second giraffe in the trailer was okay.

Thinus Botha, who pulled over to the side of the road to take a picture of the giraffes just before the incident, said he he heard a loud bang and saw blood coming from the nose of the fatally injured giraffe, Mail Online reported.

He was dismissive of comments by the giraffes' owner, as quoted in South African newspaper the Citizen, that the truck had gone through lots of other bridges before the accident and the giraffe had craned its neck.

The giraffe had been standing when he took the picture, Botha said. "He didn't all of a sudden stand up straighter or stretch."

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in South Africa said it was investigating and criminal charges were possible.

The incident brings to mind a scene from the movie The Hangover Part III, where a giraffe is decapitated by an overbridge while being driven along a US freeway. That giraffe had been in a crate towed by a car driven by character Alan - played by Zach Galifianakis - who suffered from some sort of mental health issue.

The film was supposed to be funny, but many critics found little to laugh at and were particularly unimpressed by the giraffe scene.

- Stuff

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