This footage is simultaneously moving and chilling, all at once. What you see here is a family of endangered elephants living at the Ramat Gan Zoo in Tel Aviv, Israel. With nowhere to escape, you can sense the fright and panic of the animals as they swarm to protect their young, all while cowering in response to the bomb sirens erupting after Hamas launched rockets into Israel.
You can tell that these precious creatures are imminently aware of the danger — even though it’s a man-made danger — and the fully-grown Asian elephants can be seen hurling their trunks in the air, frantically huddling and perhaps crying around their children. If you listen carefully, you can hear other animals that are clearly in distress.
We often spend so much time thinking about war’s collateral damage in the human sense that we forget the toll it can take on some of nature’s most beautiful specimens. Luckily, these elephants are reported to have returned to their normal routines after this particular bout of chaos subsided.
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