Animal spotting in SA's urban areas

The giraffe truck incident wasn't the first time animals in urban areas have made headlines.

A giraffe cow hit it's head on the Garstfontein bridge while being transported on a truck. Picture: Twitter @PabiMoloi

JOHANNESBURG - The death of a giraffe on a Gauteng highway on Thursday has elicited global condemnation.

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) yesterday rushed to the scene where two giraffe were stranded on the back of a truck transporting them which had broken down.

The giraffe cow and bull were stranded on the N1highway in Centurion for over eight hours en route to Kameeldrift yesterday.

When the truck was finally repaired, and the animals were driven to a place of safety, the female giraffe hit her head as the truck drove under the Garsfontein Bridge.

At the same time, just a few kilometres down the highway from the giraffe incident, a truck carrying 400 cattle was stranded when one of its wheels came off.

The SPCA said the animals were stuck for over five hours.

But this isn't the first time animals in an urban area have made headlines.

In September last year, Juno the hyena created a storm on social media as she roamed the streets of Johannesburg.

The animal made its way through Victory Park, Delta Park and Blairgowrie before residents and officials managed to corner it in on Olympic Road.

She was rehabilitated and released back into the wild in May.

Also last year, an elusive male baboon kept Johannesburg residents on their toes after it was spotted roaming various areas in northern Johannesburg including Gallo Manor, Houghton and Melrose.

The male baboon was believed to have come from the Cradle of Humankind.

Back in 2012, Dolce and Gabbana, the pythons who escaped from their Gallo Manor home, caused alarm in Johannesburg after going missing.

The two large lavender albino reticulated pythons climbed up the burglar bars in owner Angi Latimer's home and pushed down on the door handle, which opened under their weight.

They were eventually discovered on their owner's property, with Dolce in the pool pump and Gabbana buried under a pile of rubble.

In 2011, traffic on the N1 highway near Malibongwe Drive in Randburg was brought to a halt after a family of geese tried to cross it.

Emergency services officials, metro police and paramedics stopped traffic in a bid to save them and the highway was subsequently reopened.

In 2010, Panjo the pet Bengal tiger sparked a massive manhunt after he escaped from his owner's bakkie and was found wandering in the woods outside Bronkhorstspruit 48 hours later.