One day, a plastic bag that had probably drifted out of one of the garbage bins in the Zoological Garden, became wrapped around one of the horns of a female gazelle from our small free-ranging herd of gazelles. The gazelle panicked and started to run across the garden, with the trapped bag hanging from its horn and occasionally covering its face and preventing it from seeing its way. The gazelle attempted to join the rest of the herd, but the other gazelles saw its unusual appearance and fled. The zoo keepers then tried to sneak up on the gazelle to catch it and remove the bag, but had no success. Dr Ron Elazari-Volcani, the administrative director of the Zoological Garden and a veterinarian, hoped to avoid shooting it with a tranquilizer dart, because in its present state, unable to see where it was running, it might have crashed into a wall or even just disappeared from sight and fallen asleep and suffocated with the bag over its face. If this were to happen, every minute would be critical. The zoo keepers continued to watch the gazelle from a safe distance and decided to wait until late afternoon and see what would happen. Finally, in the early afternoon the hole torn in the bag got bigger and bigger until the bag finally fell off without any intervention. 

A female gazelle with a plastic bag, Photo: Ron Elazari-Volcani

Photo: Ron Elazari-Volcani

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