A South African animal rights group is planning to sue the
people responsible for the death of a giraffe that smashed
its head on a bridge as it was transported in a trailer on
one of Africa's busiest motorways.
Eyewitnesses reported seeing two giraffes in an open air
trailer being driven along Johannesburg's N1 motorway on
Thursday (local time) before one hit its head on the bridge.
"What a weird and sad thing to witness. That impact was so
shocking," TV and radio personality Pabi Moloi said on
Twitter, next to a cellphone picture of the giraffes shortly
before the incident.
"Look how low that bridge is and how tall the giraffes are.
Who thought this one through?"
South Africa's National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty
to Animals (NSPCA) said they would be seeking to prosecute
"We're very concerned about the way it was transported. Most
definitely there has been negligence," NSPCA manager Rick
The incident has caused outrage in South Africa and has been
tragically compared to a scene in Hollywood film 'Hangover 3'
in which bungling character Alan Garner buys a giraffe before
accidentally decapitating it on a highway bridge.
Allen said it was fortunate the other giraffe survived. "We
have already nicknamed it 'Lucky'," he said.