Giraffe Slams Into South Africa Overpass, In A Real-Life Scene Straight From 'The Hangover 3'
Two extraordinarily tall animals being hauled in a flat-bed truck certainly isn't a sight that you see everyday, and Twitter users tracked their progress down Pretoria, South Africa's N1. But fascination turned to horror as one giraffe's head struck a highway bridge, killing the animal. Eyewitnesses and people at the scene on Thursday reported hearing a gun-shot like sound when the animal's head slammed into the concrete. The owner confirmed later that it had died.
Said owner, trying to pawn off the wrath that spread quickly through Twitter, was quoted saying that the blindfolded giraffe had craned its neck, and that the open-top vehicle had successfully made it under other bridges without any complications. UGH.
Rick Allan of South Africa's Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals told Johannesburg Eyewitness News that the owner could possibly face criminal charges for the animal's death. Allan said that the giraffes should have been transported in a crate-like structure rather than in the open.
Earlier in the day, the giraffes had also been stranded along the highway when the vehicle they were riding in broke down. It sounds like this owner had absolutely no business taking these animals anywhere.
The tragic incident bears an eerie resemblance to a Hangover 3 scene, none of which should happen in real life. Ever. In the movie, a giraffe being transported down a highway in an open container is charming the other highway travelers, just before it is decapitated by a low-hanging sign. In comedy that may work well.
Its absurdity can be dismissed as impossible circumstance outside of the fiction realm. But this in this instance, even Zach Galifianakis couldn't make us laugh in this instance.
All in all, I think we can all agree with this.