Three white rhinos escaped a safari in central Tel Aviv on Thursday morning and went for a run before being caught and returned to the Ramat Gan safari.

The rhinos took their chance and escaped through a side door while the guard was distracted. They were quickly found on next door’s Ramat Gan National Park. According to a spokesperson, Yehuda clapped at them to get their attention and the rhinos made their way back into the safari.

“By 6:15 am I had received a call from local police saying that a couple of rhinos had escaped,” safari’s director Yehuda Bar told Ynet.

“I found two of the older female rhinos playing around with a third younger one in the parking lot and in less than a minute or a minute and a half later they were back in the safari.”

“Overall, the rhinos were outside about 10 minutes, in which they were in the parking lot adjacent to the entrance and did not enter the national park,” a spokesperson added.

The guard was let go.

The Ramat Gan Safari has the largest animal collection in the Middle East with 1,600 animals of different species living in the 250-acre site, amongst them 68 species of mammals, 130 species of fowl, and 25 species of reptiles.

The park, opened in 1974, sees over 700,000 visitors every year.

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