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Snoozing zoo guard allows three rhinos to escape

It was a short-lived escape for Ramat Gan Safari park rhinoceroses Rihanna, Keren Peles and Karnabella.
By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   Jan. 16, 2015 at 10:59 AM

RAMAT GAN, Israel, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- An Israeli zoo said it has fired a security guard whose on-the-job snooze was blamed for the on-camera escape of three female rhinos.

The Ramat Gan Safari park near Tel Aviv said the guard fell asleep while manning an open side gate at the facility and the three female rhinos, named Rihanna, Keren Peles and Karnabella, were able to sneak past him.

Passersby alerted police to the rhino escape and the three animals were recorded by a CCTV camera being chased by a zoo manager.

The zoo said the rhinos were rounded up in the parking lot and escorted back into the safari park. The guard has been fired, zoo officials said.

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