Young Giraffe Dies After Hitting Its Head on Bridge

Young Giraffe Dies After Hitting Its Head on Bridge

In South Africa, a young giraffe died on Thursday after it hit its head against a bridge while it was being moved, stated media reports. The animal was blindfolded and had been placed in the back of an open truck. A veterinarian examined the animal and determined that the giraffe had died due to massive head injuries.

There was a second giraffe with the first but it was uninjured. The vet stated that the noise was so loud that her cousin, who had been driving in a different automobile, wanted to know if there was someone shooting because she thought she had heard some sort of gunshot.

The veterinarian added that they noticed in their rear view mirror that the truck carrying the two giraffes had pulled over to the side of the road and had stopped. They noticed that only one giraffe was standing at that time. Before that two heads had been above the vehicle so it was most likely that the giraffe died instantly when its head struck the bridge.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or SPCA, which is an animal welfare assistance program, declared that a full investigation had already been launched. A worker for the SPCA, Rick Allan, declared that their investigations had so far displayed that the transportation used was insufficient and improper. There are always a lot of projectiles soaring around on the highway and anyone who leaves an animal with its head sticking out and also blindfolded, is just asking for trouble.

It is unknown where the two animals were being taken from or moved to and the individuals, who were behind transporting the giraffes, may end up facing criminal charges, added the SPCA.

The giraffe died after it hit its head against the bridge while it was dangerously transported on a South African highway, stated wildlife officials. The two giraffes’ heads were beyond the height of the truck which meant that one of them smashed its head against the bridge.

Allan stated that was something the SPCA was very concerned about and the animal assistance program is planning on looking at some sort of prosecution from animal cruelty legislation. He stated that it was believed that the animal died immediately.

In South Africa, a young giraffe died on Thursday after it hit its head against a bridge while it was being moved, stated media reports. The animal was blindfolded and had been placed in the back of an open truck.

A veterinarian examined the animal and determined that the giraffe had died due to massive head injuries. There was a second giraffe with the first but it was uninjured. The vet stated that the noise was so loud that her cousin, who had been driving in a different automobile, wanted to know if there was someone shooting because she thought she had heard some sort of gunshot.

The veterinarian added that they noticed in their rear view mirror that the truck carrying the two giraffes had pulled over to the side of the road and had stopped. They noticed that only one giraffe was standing at that time. Before that two heads had been above the vehicle so it was most likely that the giraffe died instantly when its head struck the bridge.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or SPCA, which is an animal welfare assistance program, declared that a full investigation had already been launched. A worker for the SPCA, Rick Allan, declared that their investigations had so far displayed that the transportation used was insufficient and improper. There are always a lot of projectiles soaring around on the highway and anyone who leaves a giraffe with its head sticking out and also blindfolded, is just asking for trouble.

By Kimberly Ruble

Sources:

NBC News

The Huffington Post

The Telegraph

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