Gabi the Jerusalem Elephant to Set Sail for His New Home in Turkey

Gabi, the product of artificial insemination, came to fame after images of his ultrasound were published for the public. Admirers from around the world followed a live internet broadcast of his birth, and he has since turned into one of the zoo's main attractions.

The Jerusalem Bible Zoo is sending abroad one of its most famous inhabitants: Gabi the elephant will board a special ark on Monday morning to Turkey.

Gabi, the product of artificial insemination, came to fame after images of his ultrasound were published for the public. Admirers from around the world followed a live internet broadcast of his birth, and he has since turned into one of the zoo's main attractions.

Daniel Bar-On

He is a playful and energetic creature, with little interest for the daily routine of sleeping that the other elephants at the zoo tend to favor. As he grew older, his wild behavior increased and he did not get along with the other elephants in his compound.

Over the last few months, the zoo's staff has trained Gabi to enter the special cage built for his journey and helped him adjust to the long hours in which he will be required to stay inside.

He was put into the cage and taken to Haifa on Sunday night, and if all goes as planned, he will sail to Gaziantep, Turkey on Monday morning along with a number of animals from the Ramat Gan safari.