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Giraffe Dies After Hitting Head On A Bridge In South Africa, Eyewitnesses Report On Twitter

According to reports, people saw one giraffe knock its head as a truck transporting two of the animals drove under a highway bridge. The second giraffe was taken to a clinic.

Posted on July 31, 2014, at 12:59 p.m. ET

Two giraffes were being transported in Johannesburg on Thursday when one hit its head on a highway overpass, according to reports.

The local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals confirmed the giraffe had been killed. "All we can ascertain at this stage is severe head trauma," SPCA's Rick Allan told Eyewitness News. "We are continuing our investigation with the view to possibly lay criminal charges against those responsible."

Before the incident, drivers took photos of the two animals standing in the truck on the highway:

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

Pabi Moloi@PabiMoloi

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

10:36 AM - 31 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The second giraffe was reportedly taken to a veterinary clinic.

Took this pic on the N1 earlier.Just heard one Giraffe passed away! Apparently due to head trauma! So sad! @Radio702

Wingate Road Runners@wingaterunners

Took this pic on the N1 earlier.Just heard one Giraffe passed away! Apparently due to head trauma! So sad! @Radio702

10:22 AM - 31 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Owner of the #giraffe that was killed after hitting head on bridge said animal craned his neck."We went through lots of other bridges"#citi

Carla Coetzee@CarlaCoet

Owner of the #giraffe that was killed after hitting head on bridge said animal craned his neck."We went through lots of other bridges"#citi

9:51 AM - 31 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

How was the giraffe supposed to know to duck its head?! RT @ewnupdates The #SPCA says one of the #giraffe died http://t.co/Cni01Mh8AD

Chimichanga@Itschydo

How was the giraffe supposed to know to duck its head?! RT @ewnupdates The #SPCA says one of the #giraffe died http://t.co/Cni01Mh8AD

10:32 AM - 31 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The whole story oddly resembles this Hangover Part III scene:

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