Prank at Israeli zoo goes sour


The granddaughter of an Israeli Cabinet minister was trampled by an elephant during a zoo break-in.

National Infrastructure Minister Benjamin Ben-Eliezer revealed Tuesday that his 17-year-old granddaughter was among three youths suspected of sneaking into the Ramat Gan Safari Park over the weekend as a prank.

The girl was mauled by a startled elephant and has been hospitalized. Police plan to question her.

“It looks like another elephant has joined our family,” the portly Ben-Eliezer told Israel’s Army Radio.

“They say the elephant’s name is Sweetie. He really is a sweetie for leaving her alive.”

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