Elephant and Giraffe Escape Film Shoot and Roam Around Rome
In a scene reminiscent of the famous "Jumanji" sequence where jungle creatures invade a city, an equally fantastical incident recently unfolded in Rome. Near the Cinecittà studios, a video captured and shared by the Welcome to Favelas page on social media showed an elephant and a giraffe escaping from a film shoot and wandering the streets.
This is reported by Italy24Press.
The viral video, which gained traction within hours, depicts the two animals attempting to flee, running through the streets outside the studio complex while being pursued by some insiders and likely actors dressed in costumes. The precise production being filmed remains undisclosed, though social media has already sparked discussions condemning the use of animals in filmmaking, with calls to return them to their natural habitats.
Some skeptics suspect that the footage might have been doctored, observing an unnatural, almost slowed-down movement of the giraffe. Regardless, this undoubtedly unique scene is not an everyday sight on the streets of Rome.
The escapade near Italy's capital was captured and disseminated by the Welcome to Favelas page. Some have even likened this spectacle to something that could be envied by the creators of DreamWorks Animation's "Madagascar."
Many are amused by the sight of these two animals running through the streets of Rome. While some find it beautiful and comical, it's worth questioning what's amusing about observing two captive wild animals, likely from a zoo or circus in the area, being relocated to a studio for the next production?
However, the freedom of these two wild creatures was short-lived. After the giraffe and elephant made their dash from the film studio as fast as they could, they were eventually intercepted and returned to the microphones and cameras.
One might ponder why, in the 21st century, in an era of giant technological leaps, we still resort to using actual animals on set, when technology offers solutions for every storyline without exploiting animals. But in 2023, we're still opting for "rented" animals, shuttling them from one location to another and sending them back once their role is done. This is not the kind of film industry we should be promoting.
As reported by The Gaze, a one-of-a-kind flawless giraffe calf was recently born at the "Brights" zoo in Tennessee, USA. The calf sported a uniform brown hue, standing at an already impressive 183 cm tall. The young giraffe's fur boasts a solid brown shade, setting it apart from typical giraffes with their distinctive spots. Zookeepers note that under the attentive care of its vigilant mother, the calf is thriving.
This newborn giraffe is a unique occurrence in the zoo, given that the birth of monochromatic giraffes is exceptionally rare. Furthermore, experts have declared it to be the only single-toned spotted giraffe living anywhere on the planet.