EXTRACT FROM THE FOLLOWING THIRD PARTY SOURCE: News24
Yesterday, a giraffe was killed in a open transportation vehicle on the N1 highway in Centurion, Gauteng. The driver of the vehicle failed to realise the giraffes were taller than highway height restrictions and drove under a bridge, killing one of the two blindfolded giraffes.
According to witnesses, one of the giraffes knocked its head when the truck drove under a bridge.
MD of Tshwana SPCA, Rick Allen, told News24 that the SPCA is investigating the incident, with the intention of laying charges against those responsible. The SPCA has confirmed that Nature Conservation has issued permits for the transportation of these animals.
Allen said: “The SABS has a published code for wildlife transportation, and it appears that the open transportation vehicle, the giraffes’ heads were sticking out of, was not acceptable.”
Sapa has reported that the other injured giraffe was taken to a wildlife veterinary clinic.
Dion Abrahamson, who witnessed the giraffes in transit, said: “I saw the truck transporting the two giraffes at 11:45 this morning. The truck was just before the Van Buuren off ramp on the N1 to Pretoria. The giraffes were blindfolded so they could not see the approaching bridges.”
Another witness Gerry Theron made this statement to News24: “The front of the truck was full of people; surely they could see that the giraffes were way above highway height restrictions – they barely missed the signage gantries over the highway.”