A giraffe being transported in the back of a truck died in South Africa on Wednesday after hitting its head on a highway overpass. Twitter user @PabiMoloi captured an image of the animal shortly before impact, and shared an especially chilling account of the incident with Mashable:
“As I was getting shots, the truck went under a bridge and suddenly one of the giraffes hit its head HARD on the concrete. The sound was so loud that my cousin, who was driving, asked me if there was someone shooting because she thought she'd heard a gunshot!... That sound of a skull being hit and the force with which it threw the giraffes head forward is something I won't easily forget.”
Look how low that bridge is and how tall the giraffes are. Who thought this one through? I wish I hadn't seen this. pic.twitter.com/as2jJkIwpv— Pabi Moloi (@PabiMoloi) July 31, 2014
According to a report from NBC News, the incident is currently being investigated by South African Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which is looking into prosecuting the giraffe's owner. SMH.