elephants in zoo near tel aviv
by Natalia Lima
Categories: Animals, Video.

When the sirens sound in Tel Aviv, people take shelter. And in a recent warning, elephants did too.

A zookeeper from the Ramat Gan Safari Park near Tel Aviv recorded the Asian elephants’ reaction when the sirens went off to warn people about a potential threat to the city.

With no where to run for protection in their enclosure, the adult elephants are clearly distraught and stressed as the noise, which goes on for up to a minute, can be heard in the distance. One of them trumpets and quickly they all huddle to protect their young ones who stay hidden in the middle.

The elephants have reason to be terrified. In times of conflict, zoo animals are quickly forgotten or left unprotected. In 2008, most of the animals at the Gaza City Zoo died as a bomb landed close to the facility. If they’re not directly hit, there’s also the increased air pollution, lack of fresh food and power outages, all that become a threat to the animals who don’t have any other choice but to remain trapped, waiting for better times.

The elephants’ determined attempt to protect themselves and their young can be seen in the video below.

Via Huffington Post

  • WickedCats

    And here humans arrogantly believe we are the only intelligent species. We are not. We are just the most dangerous.

  • Carla Porter

    A country that is subjected to armed conflict should NOT allow zoos to operate within a threat range! As long as that country is in a state of war, those animals should be evacuated, either temporarily or permanently, into a safe environment within a stable country. Allowing zoos to operate endangers the livelihood of the animals, which in my opinion is very irresponsible!