Giraffe death: Estate under investigation

The estate is being investigated over whether it had the correct permits to transport giraffe on the highway.

FILE: A giraffe died when the truck it was being transported in passed under a bridge on the freeway in Pretoria on 31 July. Picture: Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is now investigating whether an estate which previously owned two giraffe had permits to transport them on the N1 highway.

The two giraffe, a cow and a bull, were transported on the back of a truck from Alberton to Kameeldrift last month.

One giraffe died when the truck the pair was being transported in passed under a bridge on the freeway in Pretoria East.

The animal's death sparked an international outcry when photographs went viral on social media.

The department's Andile Gumede says once the investigation wraps up, it will reveal whether the Meyersdal Eco Estate had the correct permits to bring in and keep the giraffe.

"Permits do not require keeping game for an extensive period, they are only required to keep game in bomas and small areas. So the department is investigating ascertain whether was any wrongdoing during the process."

The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) has opened a criminal case against the owner of the two giraffe.

The SPCA's Rick Allan said five witnesses have come forward, one of whom saw the incident taking place.

The surviving giraffe bull has been named 'Lucky' and is in a place of safety.