Giraffe dies after smashing head on low highway bridge in South Africa

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SOUTH AFRICA — A giraffe was killed after smashing its head on a low bridge while being transported on a highway in South Africa, wildlife officials told NBC News Thursday.

Several horrified people witnessed the giraffes with their necks high out of the vehicle and tweeted pictures moments before the incident.

Rick Allan, of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, confirmed the animal’s death. “The way that these giraffes were being transported was incorrect and not up to standards.”

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