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Uninvited guest

An ibex walks into a hotel room…

‘What do we do?’ guests ask after encountering the wild animal in their luxury Mitzpe Ramon room

A Nubian ibex filmed in a room at the Bereshit Hotel in Mitzpe Ramon in southern Israel. (Lior Neuderfer/Facebook)
A Nubian ibex filmed in a room at the Bereshit Hotel in Mitzpe Ramon in southern Israel. (Lior Neuderfer/Facebook)

An Israeli who recently booked a vacation with his family near the southern desert town of Mitzpe Ramon was surprised to find an unwelcome guest in his room — a Nubian ibex.

The incident took place at the luxurious Bereshit Hotel, located on the edge of the Ramon Crater, home to a population of Nubian ibexes that often roam the hotel’s grounds.

But while pictures of curious ibexes near the hotel’s pool often circulate on social media, a video of one feeling at home inside a hotel room is not as common.

“What do you do in such a situation?” the man asked, videoing the ibex in his room.

A female voice could be heard in the background, asking repeatedly, “What do we do?” as the ibex calmly wanders around the room.

It was unclear how the man eventually got the ibex to leave his room, but in a post later shared on social media, he wrote: “This is what happens in Mitzpe Ramon if you forget to close the door for one moment… the gentleman ate a paper napkin before being banished back to the desert.”

Nubian ibexes, endemic to the desert mountain chains of Jordan and Israel, are considered an endangered species, with fewer than 1,500 individual animals estimated to remain in the wild.

Last month, three Nubian ibexes were found dead in Mitzpe Ramon, and a fourth, then in serious condition, died afterward, in what nature authorities said was probably a case of poisoning.

Five years ago, eight out of a group of 26 ibexes living further north in Israel, in the Judean Desert, were killed when tons of acidic slurry poured into the Ashalim stream near the Dead Sea.

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