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Rhino flees Ramat Gan zoo… again

Three ton Tibor makes brief getaway from Safari park after slipping out the gate, a year after three rhinos made similar escape

A rhino escaped from the Ramat Gan Safari Sunday afternoon, but was caught several minutes later by zookeepers.

A statement from Tel Aviv suburb’s zoo said Tibor, an eight-and-a-half-year-old white rhinoceros, “seemed a bit distraught” as he bounded toward the safari’s exit gate.

But a video clip released by the safari shows the rhino leisurely exiting the gate, followed several seconds later by a frantic keeper.

Catching the fugitive rhino was no small task. Tibor weighs a mere 3,000 kilograms (6,600 pounds) and can reach a maximum speed of 40 kilometers per hour (24 mph).

Tibor wasn’t the first rhino to escape the confines of the Ramat Gan Safari in recent years.

A rhino at the Ramat Gan Safari (photo credit: Tibor Jager/Flash90)
A rhino at the Ramat Gan Safari (photo credit: Tibor Jager/Flash90)

In January 2015, three rhinoceroses spent a few minutes on the outside after slipping through a side gate of the 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 at the time that a keeper had dozed off for a few minutes and the three seized the opportunity to make a run for it.

The director of the safari, Yehuda Bar, saved the day by leading the beasts back to safety.

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