Numerous hippos and hyenas were rushing toward them. Mary picked up the two littlest ones and yelled “c’mon” to her other two children. She ran as fast as she could carrying a baby and toddler, always looking back for their siblings.
It was a free school day at the zoo and two pesky junior high students sneaked away from their sponsors and undid a few latched gates. This caused wide open panic, especially for mothers and young small children.
The two species of animals running towards Mary and her family were scary but not harmful. After finding refuge behind another gated enclosure, Mary sat the babies down and checked to see if everyone was okay.
Heaving a sigh of relief, she noticed the children’s eyes grow wide with fear. Turning around, Mary saw what they saw, a large elephant coming towards them at an alarming pace. This mother was going to protect her own child, a newborn calf.