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Giraffe Decapitated On South African Freeway

The driver had misjudged the height? A fatal accident at an open transport of giraffes angered animal rights activists. One of the animals had met with the head against a bridge.

The image is reminiscent of a scene from “The Hangover 3”, only it’s real, and anything but laugh in this case: Two giraffes standing on an open trailer, which is pulled along by a van a highway in South Africa. Both stretch out their necks, but not far away from them is a bridge over the road. Even the picture gives the impression that the building is too low for the two animals – and so it was probably actually.

As reported, among others, the British “Guardian”, came the giraffes with their heads against the concrete wall of the bridge. The presenter Pabi Moloi, the eyewitness of the accident was, wrote in “Twitter” by a loud bang. Other users reported the incident. According to the news portal “iol.com.za” it was unclear whether the driver, who was traveling with the animals in the direction of Johannesburg, the incident immediately noticed.

One of the two giraffes died of head trauma, said Rick Allan of the animal protection organization SPCA to “iol.com.za”. You should still have been quite young. The second giraffe survived the incident and will now being treated in a veterinary clinic. Whether she pushed his head against the concrete, is unclear. The animal rights activists were quickly on the spot because they were already been close because of a broken-down cattle transporter, Allan said.

“I saw the head of the giraffe bounced hard against the concrete and was thrown forward,” Moloi said, according to the AP news agency the transmitter EncA. Then the head of the giraffe has fallen down.

The animal rights activists are now considering a complaint against the owner, since the transport of potentially violated applicable regulations. In addition, can be seen on the photos published on the Internet by eyewitnesses that both animals had blindfolded while driving.

The incident was disturbing, because he could easily have been prevented, Allan said. It is likely that ad will placed for violating animal welfare.

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