Giraffe hits head on highway bridge, dies

2014-07-31 17:37

Johannesburg – One of the giraffes being transported in a truck on the highway in Centurion has died, according to reports.

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Eyewitness News reported on Thursday that a truck was spotted on the N1 transporting two giraffes.

According to witnesses one of the giraffes had knocked its head when the truck drove under a bridge.

Rick Allen MD of Tshwana SPCA told News24 that the SPCA was investigating the incident, with the intention of laying charges against those responsible.

Allen said: "The SABS has published a code for wildlife transport, and it would appear that the open transport with the giraffes' head sticking out is not acceptable."

The SPCA has ascertained that Nature Conservation has issued permits for the transport of the animals.

Sapa reported that the other giraffe was taken to a wildlife veterinary clinic.

Dion Abrahamson, News24 user, who saw the truck wrote: “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 couldn't even see any bridges. Disgraceful.”

News24 user Gerry Theron sent this picture and said: "Front of the truck was full of people, surely they had to see that the giraffes were against highway height restrictions - barely missed the signage gantrys over the highway. This is terrible!"

Twitter users reported seeing the giraffes on the N1 after the truck had broken down early on Wednesday.

  • Vincent Nkomotje - 2014-07-31 17:39

    hangover 4?

      CG - 2014-07-31 17:56

      Imbecile transporters!!!

      Bruce Gatland - 2014-07-31 18:22

      Darwin award for the douchebag driver

      Michael Ntsh - 2014-07-31 18:40

      They should be working for the government! Pissoffi!

      Annalize Schoeman - 2014-07-31 19:13

      Shame on you, that poor animal deserved better!

      Fiwals West - 2014-08-01 06:47

      How could you not love Vincent's quote?

      Megan Skapie Dhlamini - 2014-08-01 08:17

      I'm sorry but that is terrible! Poor giraffe and they were blind folded as well. No! Disgraceful

      Lorenzo Bessick - 2014-08-01 09:00

      Listen here Idiots no1 thinks this is a joke!!! But its the exact same thing that happened in Hangover 3. There's nothing funny about animals dying, but you have to see the light-heartedly side of things....

      Ann Murray - 2014-08-01 09:06

      Giraffes are such gentle creatures and most certainly deserve better - they deserve to be transported by responsible carriers that make use of their brains. Clearly the people involved in this incident do not have a brain cell between them, which really irritates me totally. Unnecessary trauma, not only to the animals, but to those who witnessed this stupidity!!!! The owners of the giraffes as well as the transport company should be heavily fined. MORONS!!!!!!

      Gideon Van Der Walt - 2014-08-01 09:27

      What a stupid bunch of people this country breeds!!!

      Robyn Lawrenson - 2014-08-01 09:40

      That is in such bad taste to even say that.

      Samier Mallick - 2014-08-01 14:45

      Retarded driver....Sue the company, the driver, the whole dam lot

      Gavin Venter - 2014-08-01 15:20

      yet another example of using the lowest bidder to do the work. I HOPE THEY REALLY HURT THE DRIVERS

      Jupiter Punungwe - 2014-08-01 16:01

      Take all the people involved and hit their heads against concrete bridges. And I hope they loose a lot of money. The insurers should not pay if giraffe was insured. You can't insure against stupidity.

      Interesting Thought - 2014-08-01 21:59

      Proudly brought to you by the anc! Blame them like that

  • michaelchalky.white - 2014-07-31 17:47

    Was Alan Garner Driving?

  • Liam John - 2014-07-31 17:47

    This is outrageous,looks like they were blindfolded as well.Throw the book at these guys.At least a heavy,heavy fine donated to wildlife.

      Nicole Paulsen - 2014-07-31 17:59

      Blindfolded not to panic or be stressed out but ditto absolutely stupid transporting! poor animals

  • Steven Francisco - 2014-07-31 17:49

    Only in africa

      Woodywinepicker Wood - 2014-08-01 12:34

      Where else you gonna find a giraffe

      Vonny Robertson - 2014-08-01 18:19

      Actually you can find giraffes in zoos all over the world....

  • Brendan Holtshousen - 2014-07-31 17:50

    This is so sad man! Those poor animals.

      Emily T. Fernandez - 2014-08-01 15:12

      I agree... disgraceful. :'(

  • Liam John - 2014-07-31 17:50

    Why did you guys that took photos stop the driver.WHY.

      Busisiwe Mavuso Grace - 2014-08-01 11:37

      Very good question! Then this cruel death could have been avoided.

  • Tseky Lovelace - 2014-07-31 17:51

    Oh No!

  • Hauke Liefferink - 2014-07-31 17:55

    How did the Giraffes miss the e-toll gantries?

      Bruce Gatland - 2014-07-31 18:23

      They had e-tags.

      Melissa Lombard - 2014-07-31 19:09

      Sunette, we're all extremely upset about what happened, but be kind to the people around you. I don't think it's quite necessary to make such violent comments. Be kind to people even those who you believe not to be worthy of your kindness or those who disagree with your views. Nastiness poisons the soul.

      Annalize Schoeman - 2014-07-31 19:15

      That "joke" of yours is not really funny.

      Armand Strauss - 2014-07-31 20:08

      Sunette needs to calm down. Give some constructive comments.

  • Motofogo Mulilo - 2014-07-31 17:56

    Hardly surprising when a country passes with a 30% mark. These are some of the results. (Pun intended)

  • Liam John - 2014-07-31 18:00

    I have not been this pissed off in a long time.

  • mnyanda - 2014-07-31 18:01

    Clearly these guys didn't watch Hangover 3

      Sulette Behnke - 2014-08-01 08:34

      No she probably didn't watch the movie. Now she swears like an idiot. No one said it was funny but it's exactly like it was depicted in the film

      Havalarf Allday - 2014-08-01 10:32

      They believe everything they watch at the movies. Maybe we should have CHIPS episodes used for training our Metro Police. All the same it is incredibly sad.

  • Charles A. - 2014-07-31 18:04

    That someone decided to make us custodians of wild animals was really a daft decision. We are simply not up to it.

  • Menzi Gladile - 2014-07-31 18:06

    HangOver 3

      Annalize Schoeman - 2014-07-31 19:16

      Why are you trying to enjoy the misery of an animal?

      Hemlock - 2014-08-01 08:22


      Skye Walker - 2014-08-01 09:47

      No, human compassion for animals.

  • Piet Pompies - 2014-07-31 18:07

    Stupid effing people we got working !!!

      Marked Difference - 2014-08-01 06:22

      not the EFF this time Piet :-) ... just normal stupid incompetence at work

  • Karin Pieters - 2014-07-31 18:07

    Ok wait... I'm very confused. Surely this can't be real? Surely No-One is THIS DUMB? Unbelievable! The transporters should pay dearly for this!

  • Mandla Shiphamele - 2014-07-31 18:08

    All in the name of money,why didnt u leave them in their birth place

      Emily T. Fernandez - 2014-08-01 15:16

      You know! Just leave wildlife alone... my word humans have to destroy everything they come near! So sad for this poor soul, cannot imagine the terror they both must have felt. :(

  • Famida Nana - 2014-07-31 18:09

    I was disgusted when I watched that scene in Hangover 3 and now this happens. It shouldn't be the driver only that's responsible but the person who authorised this also.

      Judi Stines - 2014-07-31 21:50

      please dont go off on me but , I have never seen hang over 1 2 or 3 what does it have to do with this awful thing

      Emily T. Fernandez - 2014-08-01 15:17

      @Judi: there was a similar scene in the Hangover 3... so tasteless, not even funny.

  • Graeme Lotter - 2014-07-31 18:14

    Nature Conservation is worse than useless. They are no better than home affairs or the traffic department. We have given them the names and details of people poaching reptiles in northern KZN years ago, and nothing was ever done. I'm so sad that this animals life was cut short by these incompetent tools

  • Richard Nieckau - 2014-07-31 18:18

    Idiotic morons, the whole lot of them.

  • Frederick John Frier - 2014-07-31 18:20

    Idiots !!!!!!!

  • Raymond Hugo Snyman - 2014-07-31 18:24

    Absolutely disgusting

  • gina.swart.5 - 2014-07-31 18:26

    Shocking. I hope they throw the book at the morons responsible for this. Those making jokes about this are just as bad as the people who did this -shame on you!

  • paul.d.murison - 2014-07-31 18:28

    Only in Africa, poor animals. Hope they they drop those drivers from a high building on their heads too.

  • Jamill Ahmed - 2014-07-31 18:28

    Was no calculations and route calculations done prior to transporting giraffs? ?????????? Charge the transport with capital murder what a bunch of retarts

  • paul.d.murison - 2014-07-31 18:30

    Are these animals actually blind folded. Not talking about the idiots driving. I can't see the pic properly. It looks like it.

      anke.engelke.35 - 2014-07-31 19:33

      Yes Paul, they are.

  • Desmond Smith - 2014-07-31 18:32

    Nail the owner Big time

  • Tavengwa Chivirira Muchini - 2014-07-31 18:33

    What colous and uncouth it is.If these animals could talk and argue,you would not be transporting them.What cruelity is this?These creatures look up to humans for survival.What?

  • Cindy Momberg Kelley - 2014-07-31 18:33

    F()*(&O*(&)&ING STUPID STUPID STUPID IMBECILES that transported these two magnificent animals!??!?!?!?!? WHO arranged all of this ??? Surely they should have looked for appropriate routes to transport these two!??!? Stupidity in SA has NO end!!!!

  • BLUESILVER2012 - 2014-07-31 18:35

    HAMMER the owners for animal cruelty!!!

  • Esté Visser - 2014-07-31 18:36

    How much more inconsiderate can one get??

  • Louis van Zyl - 2014-07-31 18:37

    Plain incompetent and truly stupid

  • Emmanuel - 2014-07-31 18:38

    Heads mus roll

  • Desmond Smith - 2014-07-31 18:38

    Trailer does not comply No Chavron and warning boards of animals in transit wonder if it is road worthy where was the traffic department

      Raymond Van Den Brink - 2014-07-31 19:42

      Sleeping in their cars next to the road somewhere.

  • Mafuya Mcusi - 2014-07-31 18:40

    I blame Zuma and ANC for this

      Ashley Marks - 2014-08-01 21:43

      ha ha ha

  • Fatz Rockface Shelile - 2014-07-31 18:40

    The capitalist is killing our Africa,first he dug her belly for riches,then exploited her children by slavery an now he's destroying the beauty that reflects her African soul.the time gas come for africas children to fight back.this is all because some fool can afford to buy and transport these giraffes.enough is enough.nxa

      Moggie Mogs - 2014-07-31 20:06

      Who do you think was driving the truck, Fatz? Take one guess, and here's a hint: It wasn't some Scandinavian exchange students...

      Ashley Marks - 2014-08-01 21:45

      was the capitalist driving the truck fatz?

  • Trevor Whitehead - 2014-07-31 18:42

    Sheez...what a effin useless lot these are..its bizarre stupidity..

      gina.swart.5 - 2014-07-31 19:31 are doing exactly what you are accusing others of doing! Attacking without bothering to actually read what is being said. Trevor is clearly referring to those involved in this issue..the planners, owner and driver - no one else..

      Michelle Van Zuydam - 2014-07-31 20:15

      Vaneshree. Do you know that you are not black? What's your issue?

  • Fatz Rockface Shelile - 2014-07-31 18:42

    The capitalist is killing our Africa,first he dug her belly for riches,then exploited her children by slavery an now he's destroying the beauty that reflects her African soul.the time gas come for africas children to fight back.this is all because some fool can afford to buy and transport these giraffes.enough is enough.nxa

      Moggie Mogs - 2014-07-31 20:06

      Who do you think was driving the truck, Fatz? Take one guess, and here's a hint: It wasn't Scandinavian exchange students...

  • Hilton Mabane - 2014-07-31 18:45

    Some people their heads are just filled with can you do something stupid like this..??###everyone involved must get punished ...organizers and the drive

  • Pamela Angeline Harvey - 2014-07-31 18:48

    Dumb Ass driver! Whoever gave the driver the job is just as stupid and should be prosecuted. NO BRAINS,

  • Nathi Zondo - 2014-07-31 18:49

    Lol the Hangover 3, Allan. So funny.

      Chase Cameron - 2014-07-31 18:52

      You belong in hell...

      Annalize Schoeman - 2014-07-31 19:19

      Please grow up, your childish comment is vile.

  • Chris Lodewyk - 2014-07-31 18:51

    shoc Shocking! Sick! Pathetic!

  • donovan.melville - 2014-07-31 18:53

    I just cannot understand this incident, it is truly beyond belief that somebody can be this stupid!!! HTF are they even allowed to be driving never mind transporting these 2 lovely creatures....I sincerely hope that some sort of justice is served...not that it will help the Giraffes! Oh yes and as for those corny remarks on here GO GET F$&& Neanderthals

  • Lauren Haupt - 2014-07-31 18:58

    What f-ing moron!!! Idiot deserves a prison sentence!

      Vaneshree Pillay - 2014-07-31 19:03

      Did you think before you speak? The driver is not responsible for this. He is just the driver. Someone else planned and administered such a mode of transport for the animals. not the driver. you are shooting the messenger :)

      Alaina Erasmus Jaftha - 2014-07-31 19:14

      Vaneshree, does the driver not have any initiative that he couldn't have asked about the safety of what they were doing?

      Jerry Hattrick - 2014-07-31 20:18

      Vaneshree - could the driver not think and say something to the persons loading the animals? Is he brainless too?

  • Mike Chandler - 2014-07-31 18:59

    Words fail me.

  • Bobbe Aap - 2014-07-31 18:59

    The same people that transport party goers on double decker open buses.

  • carol.coetzee.3 - 2014-07-31 19:02

    Unbelievable, absolutely no common sense. Surely there are laws on how animals are transported, but then, there is no law, so should anyone be surprised.

  • Hlogz Molabe - 2014-07-31 19:02

    I've seen this done by some crazy guy in the movie,who the hell thinking straight can do dat mara...nxa

  • etienne.wehrli - 2014-07-31 19:04

    This is so idiotic one can hardly believe it

  • martina.prchalova.14 - 2014-07-31 19:05

    WTF? I thought it is only in Hangover!

  • kim.thorne.5 - 2014-07-31 19:09

    Bloody idiots !! Where are their brains. Up their arses. I am so angry!!! This is so unnecessary. Sick and tired of the couldn't care less attitude in this country. So it's only a giraffe I guess they say !!!