Giraffe dies after smashing head on highway brdige

, Posted: Thu, July 31 2014 at 12:53 PM, Updated: Thu, July 31 2014 at 12:57 PM

Giraffe dies after smashing head on highway brdige

South Africa -- (NBC News) A giraffe in South Africa has been killed after smashing its head on a low bridge while being transported on a highway, wildlife officials said Thursday. Several horrified witnesses tweeted pictures of the open-air truck dangerously carrying two giraffes with their necks jutting high out of the vehicle. Rick Allen, of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, confirmed tweeted pictures and the animal's death to NBC News. "That's something we are very concerned about and we will be looking at a prosecution under animal cruelty legislation." he said. He said the animal died instantly.

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