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Giraffe Dies After Hitting Head On Low Bridge

| by Michael Allen

A giraffe recently died after its head smashed into a low-hanging bridge in South Africa.

The animal was being transported in an open-air truck that went under an overpass, wildlife officials said today.

One witness, Pabi Moloi, tweeted a picture of two giraffes in the truck moments before impact.

Moloi added the caption, "Look how low that bridge is and how tall the giraffes are. Who thought this one through? I wish I hadn't seen this."

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"The way that these giraffes were being transported was incorrect and not up to standards," Rick Allan, of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, told NBC News.

Look how low that bridge is and how tall the giraffes are. Who thought this one through? I wish I hadn't seen this. pic.twitter.com/as2jJkIwpv

— Pabi Moloi (@PabiMoloi) July 31, 2014

"Their heads were above the vehicle which meant that one of them cracked their head on the bridge," Allan added. "That's something we are very concerned about and we will be looking at a prosecution under animal cruelty legislation."

Allan believed the giraffe died instantly.

“All we can ascertain at this stage is severe head trauma. We are continuing our investigation with the view to possibly lay criminal charges against those responsible,” Allan told Johannesburg’s "Eyewitness News," reports Mashable.com.

Sources: NBC NewsMashable.com (Image Credit: Pabi Moloi with Permission)