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