Bridge was too low – giraffe transporter after accident

2014-08-02 12:43

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The company that transported the giraffe that died in Gauteng this week said the bridge the animal hit its head on was too low.

“We drove safely under 31 bridges at 48km/h. There was no warning that the Garsfontein bridge was unsafe,” marketing officer for Ditjabe Wildlife Services Dirk Boshoff was quoted as saying by Beeld today.

“I’m not here to kill animals. I only transport them.”

He said he had driven behind the truck-and-trailer on Thursday that was transporting two giraffes from the Meyersdal Eco Estate in Alberton, east of Joburg.

The giraffe hit its head while being transported, along with another giraffe, on the N1 in Pretoria.

Boshoff said regulations were followed, however, engineer for the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project Ken Harrison told Beeld that there was nothing wrong with the bridge and that it met all the legal clearance determinations.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is considering laying charges against the driver and said yesterday it was still investigating and looking into charges in terms of the Animal Protection Act.

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