Rhinos at the Ramat Gan safari. Photo by Moshe Shai/FLASH90
Three rhinoceros pals took a morning stroll right out the gate of Ramat Gan Safari around 6 o’clock on New Year’s Day.
It seems the trio took advantage of the fact that the guard had fallen asleep on the job just after the outer gate and their enclosure’s inner gate had been opened for the day.
Rihanna, Karnivala and Keren Peles spent about 10 minutes wandering in the facility’s parking lot before being shepherded back to the Safari’s African zone. No harm done, but the guard was dismissed from his job.
And then, just three days later, an emu was spotted dodging traffic in downtown Herzliya. The six-foot-tall flightless bird was captured by the city’s veterinary staff and returned to its owner, apparently a private citizen.
Abigail Klein Leichman is a writer and associate editor at ISRAEL21c. Prior to moving to Israel in 2007, she was a specialty writer and copy editor at a major daily newspaper in New Jersey and has freelanced for a variety of newspapers and periodicals since 1984.