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    South African giraffe dies after 'hitting bridge'



    The two giraffes caused a spectacle on Johannesburg's busy N1 motorway

    South Africa's animal rights body is probing the death of a giraffe that was reportedly injured as it was being transported on a motorway.

    Eyewitnesses say the giraffe, one of two on a truck, hit its head on a bridge on Johannesburg's N1 motorway.

    The vehicle then broke down and had to wait several hours to be repaired.

    Both animals were then taken to a vet, but the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal (NSPCA) said one died on arrival.

    The incident has created a stir on the social networking site Twitter.

    Thinus Botha tweeted that he had been driving behind the truck when the animal struck its head on Garsfontein Bridge.

    There was "lots of blood", he tweeted.

    NSPCA's manager Rick Allen confirmed that the giraffe had sustained a head injury but said that an autopsy was necessary to determine the cause of death.

    He said the animals were en route to a game farm in Warmbarths, about 160km (99 miles) outside Johannesburg.


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    Very unfortunate for the two giraffes that they were subjected to the stupidity of those involved in the transport. I hope the surviving giraffe pulls through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sumocakewalk View Post
    Very unfortunate for the two giraffes that they were subjected to the stupidity of those involved in the transport. I hope the surviving giraffe pulls through.

    ...the survivor will continue to be the subject of the human's whim.

    study
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    protected
    encaged
    curio/spectacle


    Just leave them the fuck alone.

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    Imagine the expat forum frenzy if this happened in Thailand and Thais were responsible.
    Last edited by DBell; 01-08-2014 at 09:18 PM.

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    Just another case of wind your neck in.

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    ^
    I guess the people who were transporting the two giraffes hadn't seen The Hangover III yet (I have only seen I & II so far). It was released in SA in May 2013 according to IMDB.

    Either that or they are real sickos who thought they'd try the movie stunt for themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sumocakewalk View Post
    ^Either that or they are real sickos who thought they'd try the movie stunt for themselves.
    That was my thought when I first saw this on Facebook.

    Far too many similarities for it to be a co-incidence.

    It is stupid people like this who belong behind bars, not the animals. We could visit the zoo and pay to watch them doing dumb stuff....rather like when we visit Immigration.
    I see fish. They are everywhere. They don't know they are fish.

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    This was discussed on the
    Jeremy Vine BBC radio 2 show today.
    A caller from the U.K spoke about how they had transported Giraffes in the same manner in the U.K
    They just put ropes around the giraffes heads and when going under bridges, they just pulled the heads down.
    Ever watched a giraffe drink water.

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    ^Water under a bridge?...

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    Are giraffes good to eat?

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    ^
    lions in Danish zoos seem to like them

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    i heard someone who was walking along the footpath near the bridge yelled out duck
    and the giraffe said where.

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    Funnily enough, they do like them in the wild.

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    ^The Giraffe has an arsenal of self-defence tactics. In that pic it is 'playing dead' to fool the Lions.

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    Fooled again.
    Giraffes eat leaves from tall trees, that is why they are tourist attractions ,
    Long Neck need tourist dollar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Earl View Post
    Are giraffes good to eat?
    Yes. They are herbivores, therefore good to eat. As are just about all other species of mammal that don't have pointy teeth!

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