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Outrage spreads over giraffe death

The SPCA says the remaining giraffe was transported to a place of safety this afternoon.

The giraffe hit it's head on the Garstfontein bridge. Picture: Twitter @PabiMoloi.

JOHANNESBURG - There is shock and widespread outrage this afternoon following the death of a giraffe.

Witnesses earlier said they saw one of the animals hit its head as the truck drove under a bridge in Centurion, Pretoria.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)'s Rick Allan confirmed to Eyewitness News one giraffe sustained severe head trauma and died.

A vet who examined the animals confirmed the giraffe died due to severe head trauma.

The remaining giraffe was transported to a place of safety, the body said.

Allan added blood was found near the animals.

"We are continuing our investigation with the view to possibly lay criminal charges against those responsible."

The incidents parked outrage on both Twitter and Facebook.

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

@ewnreporter Truck with 2 giraffe just passed underneath Garsfontein rd on N1. 1 giraffe hit it's head on the bridge. pic.twitter.com/Bb3Jac3ew3

@ewnreporter Truck with 2 giraffe just passed underneath Garsfontein rd on N1. 1 giraffe hit it's head on the bridge. pic.twitter.com/Bb3Jac3ew3

Took this pic on the N1 earlier.Just heard one Giraffe passed away! Apparently due to head trauma! So sad! @Radio702 pic.twitter.com/RNCMdALgl3

Twitter users have also noted the similarity of the incident to a scene in The Hangover Part III, in which Zach Galifianakis's character accidentally decapitates a giraffe while doing the same thing.

It's been reported the owner of the giraffe said the animal had craned its neck just before the incident, resulting in its death.

The owner said the truck had passed several other bridges.