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Three rhinoceroses tiptoe past snoozing keeper and out of a side gate at Ramat Gan Safari. Well, maybe not 'tiptoe'

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

The rhinos on the run from Ramat Gan safari on January 1, 2015, with a keeper in hot pursuit (screen capture: Channel 2)
The rhinos on the run from Ramat Gan safari on January 1, 2015, with a keeper in hot pursuit (screen capture: Channel 2)

Three rhinoceroses made a short bid for freedom on Thursday after they slipped out of a side gate at the Ramat Gan Safari.

The trio, named Rihanna, Keren Peles and Karnivala, plodded into the street where they were spotted by astonished joggers out for a morning run, the Hebrew-language Ynet news site reported.

The safari explained that a keeper had dozed off for a few minutes and the three seized the opportunity to make their escape.

Director of the Ramat Gan Safari Yehuda Bar saved the day by leading the beasts back to safety.

The rhinos on the run from Ramat Gan safari on January 1, 2015 (screen capture: Channel 2)
The rhinos on the run from Ramat Gan safari on January 1, 2015 (screen capture: Channel 2)

Rihanna was named exactly 2 years ago on January 1, 2013, in honor of the Jamaican-born pop singer, Rihanna. Keren Peles was named after the Israeli singer of the same title. Karnivala is an alteration of the Hebrew word for rhinoceros, karnaf.

Rihanna the rhino arrived in Israel at the end of December, 2012. (photo credit: Tibor Jager/Ramat Gan Safari)
Rihanna the rhino arrived in Israel at the end of December, 2012. (photo credit: Tibor Jager/Ramat Gan Safari)
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