You must be familiar with the sight of an alley cat who suddenly decides to cross the street at racing speed, just in front of your wheels, risking life and limb because, well, it’s a Kamikaze cat. On Thursday, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority sent us this video, showing the same thing, but with a herd of African wild donkeys in the Negev Mountain Nature Preserve, and in front of a moving truck.
The African Wild Ass (Equus Africanus) is a wild member of the horse family. This species is believed to be the ancestor of the domestic donkey. They live in the deserts and other arid areas of the Horn of Africa, in Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia. It formerly had a wider range north and west into Sudan, Egypt, and Libya. About 570 individuals exist in the wild – and some of them are in the habit of crossing roads in front of moving trucks.
About 19 seconds into the clip you can clearly hear a dog yelping, probably because he is as stunned as we are at this display of herd craziness.