An ibex enters a hotel room…
An Israeli who recently booked a vacation with his family near the southern desert town of Mitzpe Ramon was surprised to find an unwanted guest in his room – a Nubian ibex.
The incident happened in the luxurious Bereshit Hotel, located on the edge of the Ramon crater, home to a population of Nubian Ibex that often roam the hotel grounds.
But while images of curious ibexes near the hotel pool often circulate on social media, a video of one feeling at home in a hotel room isn’t as common.
“What do you do in such a situation?” asked the man, filming the ibex in his room.
A female voice could be heard in the background, repeatedly asking, “What are we doing?” while the ibex walks calmly around the room.
It’s unclear how the man finally managed to get the ibex out of his room, but in a post later shared on social media, he wrote: “This is what happens in Mitzpe Ramon if you forget to close the door for a moment… the gentleman ate a paper napkin before being sent back to the desert.
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Nubian ibexes, endemic to the desert mountain ranges of Jordan and Israel, are considered an endangered species, with fewer than 1,500 individual animals estimated to be in the wild.
Last month, three Nubian ibexes were found dead at Mitzpe Ramon, and a fourth, then in serious condition, later died in what nature authorities said was likely a case of poisoning.
Five years ago, eight of 26 ibexes living further north in Israel, in the Judean Desert, were killed when tons of acidic mud poured into the Ashalim stream near the Dead Sea.