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Giraffe dies being transported along a S African highway

Published on Aug 1, 2014 12:59 AM

JOHANNESBURG (AFP) - A young giraffe died on Thursday from head injuries sustained while being transported, blindfolded, in an open truck along a South African highway, an animal welfare agency said.

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)'s Mr Rick Allan told AFP he suspected the giraffe died after hitting its head against an overhead bridge.

The SPCA has launched investigations and may lay criminal charges against those involved in transporting the animals.

"Two giraffes were being transported by road... one of the giraffes had an incident. We are not quite sure what happened, but we got unconfirmed reports that it hit its head on a bridge," he said.

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