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Israel - Minister's Granddaughter Attacked by Elephant after Sneaking Into Ramat Gan Zoo

Published on: August 1, 2008 01:49 PM
By: Haaretz
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Israel - A 17-year-old girl who snuck into the Ramat Gan safari early Friday was moderately to seriously injured after she was attacked by an elephant.

The victim is the granddaughter of a cabinet minister, though a gag order has been placed on the identity of the minister.

The teenager and her boyfriend, 20, both from Petah Tikva, snuck into the safari at around 5:30 A.M. They apparently explored the safari and when they reached the elephant exhibit, one of the giant animals wrapped its trunk around the girl’s body and dragged her into the pen.

The girl struggled to escape while her boyfriend tried to help. She finally managed to escape the elephant’ grasp and exit the pen.

Magen David Adom rescue service arrived on the scene and rushed the girl to Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva, where her condition was listed as moderate to serious.

Medics said they did not initially believe the boyfriend’s story when he called in the early morning to tell them an elephant had stepped on his girlfriend, but sent an ambulance to the scene anyway.
The MDA hotline continued to call the youth in order to verify his story. When medics arrived on the scene, they found the girl lying on the ground near the elephant cage suffering from pelvic, stomach and chest wounds.

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Despite the youths’ account that the elephant pulled them into the restricted area, safari employees believe perhaps they entered on their own.

Safari employees said the girl entered the nighttime cage of the Asian elephant called Motek (sweetie). Motek is considered the male leader of the Asian elephant herd. The male elephant is caged in alone at night while the females of the herd wander in the nearby field.

At this stage, safari employees are still unsure of how the two youths entered the safari. Certain points of of entry are off limits even during hours where the safari is open to visitors.
According to safari employees, the elephant caretakers also avoid entering the closed area where Motek is kept.


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 Aug 01, 2008 at 04:23 PM Anonymous Says:

Why were they sneaking in in the first place? They're old enough to know better! Hard way to learn a lesson. Anyway, she should have a Refuah Shelayma.

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 Aug 01, 2008 at 05:06 PM Fortune Says:

Do people fprget it is the 3 weeks and to keep close to home at this time of calendar year. These kids seem like they had nothing else to do with their SPARE TIME.
Hope next time they get involved in chesed work, like distrib. food to the poor or helping the elderly. But....as usual the Israeli society does not instill CHESED on teens.Adventure and Fun is what is on their juvenile minds.

Wishing her a REFUAH SHLEMAH, and may she come out of this with a new outlook on life, first thanking HKB'.

Fortune T.
Brooklyn NY

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 Aug 01, 2008 at 05:40 PM Drill Here!!! Drill Now!!! Save Money!!! Says:

Those darn Republicans are at it in Israel too?!?!

Too bad they didn't go into the donkey cages.

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 Aug 02, 2008 at 01:55 PM d Says:

which minster?

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 Aug 03, 2008 at 03:19 AM fahrfrumt Says:

d 1:55, read:
"The victim is the granddaughter of a cabinet minister, though a gag order has been placed on the identity of the minister".

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 Aug 03, 2008 at 05:09 AM YS-DP-UA Says:

BS"D

Do people fprget it is the 3 weeks and to keep close to home at this time of calendar year. These kids seem like they had nothing else to do with their SPARE TIME.
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These people (I assume they are Jews al pi halacha but now not even that is a given in E"Y) are sadly so far removed from anything Jewish that they consider the state to chas vesholom be the replacement of the Beis Hamikdash. They have no idea what the three weeks are and they will eat on 9 Av, not even knowing what the day signifies.

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 Aug 03, 2008 at 01:17 PM Litvak Says:

YS-DP-UA wrote: They have no idea what the three weeks are and they will eat on 9 Av, not even knowing what the day signifies.
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Why not say something positive? Like, the boy won't put on tefilin on tisha b'av morning and neither will hear havdalah, just like all other yidden!

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 Aug 03, 2008 at 02:26 PM a Jerusalem resident Says:

motek doesn't sound like such a motek...

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