Hippo escapes zoo and savors freedom for 2 minutes before returning on its own

A young hippopotamus stepped outside her zoo enclosure and entered the real world, only to discover it is a strange place.

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A hippo at the Ramat Gan Safari in central Israel escaped the zoo last Wednesday night by slowly strolling out of an open gate and wandering around an area outside the facility.

But after just two minutes of freedom, the hippo thought better of her decision and returned to her enclosure through the same opened gate.

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A baby hippo stands near its mother Maruska in their enclosure at Prague Zoo, Czech Republic, February 24, 2016. The baby hippo was born on January 28, 2016. REUTERS/David W Cerny
A baby hippo swims in its enclosure at Prague Zoo, Czech Republic, February 24, 2016. It was born on January 28, 2016. REUTERS/David W Cerny
A baby hippo swims under the water in its enclosure at Prague Zoo, Czech Republic, February 24, 2016. It was born on January 28, 2016. REUTERS/David W Cerny
A baby hippo swims in the water near its mother Maruska in their enclosure at Prague Zoo, Czech Republic, February 24, 2016. The baby hippo was born on January 28, 2016. REUTERS/David W Cerny
A baby hippo swims under the water near its mother Maruska in their enclosure at Prague Zoo, Czech Republic, February 24, 2016. The baby hippo was born on January 28, 2016. REUTERS/David W Cerny
A four-day-old baby hippopotamus plays with its mother, Kibu, at the National Zoo in Kuala Lumpur August 23, 2012. The calf was temporarily named as "Syawal", after it was born on the first day of month of Syawal in the Islamic calendar, which is the start of the Eid al-Fitr festival, celebrated by Muslims around the world. The gender of the newborn hippo has not been determined and will be officially named at a later date by its sponsor. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad (MALAYSIA - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
A Hippo yawns at dusk on Lake Baringo, one of Kenya's Rift Valley Lakes July 10, 2012. The animals come ashore in the evening to graze after wallowing in the water all day to keep cool and prevent their skins from drying out. Picture taken July 10, 2012. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic (KENYA - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)
A female hippo Maruska looks at its newly born baby in their enclosure at Prague Zoo June 21, 2011. The baby hippo was born on June 8, 2011. REUTERS/David W Cerny (CZECH REPUBLIC - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY)
A newly born baby hippo swims in its enclosure at Prague Zoo June 21, 2011. The baby hippo was born on June 8, 2011. REUTERS/David W Cerny (CZECH REPUBLIC - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT)
Sapo, a three month old male pygmy hippo tries to eat a shrub while swimming for the first time at Whipsnade Zoo near Dunstable, southern England June 7, 2011. When fully grown, Sapo will reach one metre in height and weigh over 250 kg. REUTERS/Chris Helgren (BRITAIN - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT)
Zookeeper Marie Whatmough tries to hold a gate shut against three month old pygmy hippo Sapo and his mother Flora in an enclosure at Whipsnade Zoo near Dunstable, southern England June 7, 2011. When fully grown, Sapo will reach one metre in height and weigh over 250 kg. REUTERS/Chris Helgren (BRITAIN - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT)
Flora, the mother of three month old male pygmy hippo Sapo (L) tries to rescue him after he crawled under a gate at Whipsnade Zoo near Dunstable, southern England June 7, 2011. When fully grown, Sapo will reach one metre in height and weigh over 250 kg. REUTERS/Chris Helgren (BRITAIN)
Sapo, a three month old male pygmy hippo is coaxed from a pond by his mother Flora after swimming for the first time at Whipsnade Zoo near Dunstable, southern England June 7, 2011. When fully grown, Sapo will reach one metre in height and weigh over 250 kg. REUTERS/Chris Helgren (BRITAIN - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT)
A keeper brushes a hippo's teeth at the Shanghai Zoo November 3, 2010. The hippo has its teeth cleaned three times a week to reduce the chance of mouth diseases, local media reported. Picture taken November 3, 2010. REUTER/Stringer (CHINA - Tags: ANIMALS) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA. BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE
A month-old Pygmy Hippopotamus calf known as "Kambiri" stands under her mother "Petre" as they explore their enclosure at Taronga Zoo in Sydney August 5, 2010. Zoo officials say Kambiri is the first Pygmy Hippo calf reared at the zoo in 20 years. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne (AUSTRALIA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT ANIMALS)
A month-old Pygmy Hippopotamus calf known as "Kambiri" explores her enclosure at Taronga Zoo in Sydney August 5, 2010. Zoo officials say Kambiri is the first Pygmy Hippo calf reared at the zoo in 20 years. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne (AUSTRALIA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT ANIMALS)
France, Saint-Aignan : Female hippopotamus named Kiwi swims in her enclosure at the zoological park of Beauval in Saint-Aignan on March 26, 2016. The Beauval Zoo presented on March 26 to the public two new stars, a couple of hippos hosted in a structure unique in the world that required seven million euro investment. / AFP / GUILLAUME SOUVANT / AFP / GUILLAUME SOUVANT (Photo credit should read GUILLAUME SOUVANT/AFP/Getty Images)
A one-month-old baby hippo swims with its mother Maruska in their enclosure at the zoo in Prague on February 24, 2016. / AFP / Michal Cizek (Photo credit should read MICHAL CIZEK/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Hippopotamus wallow in river Dungu on February 2, 2016 at the Garamba National Park in north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where in the past three years alone, over 100,000 African elephants have been killed for their tusks. African Parks, a non-profit organization now in charge of Garamba National Park's rehabilitation, has taken a number of measures, including doubling patrol efforts and increasing aerial surveillance in a bid to stem poacher incursions from as far as Chad into Africa's oldest national park. / AFP / TONY KARUMBA (Photo credit should read TONY KARUMBA/AFP/Getty Images)
MALELANE, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 29: A herd of hippos relaxes by the waters edge during the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek Country Golf Club on November 29, 2015 in Malelane, South Africa. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
WHIPSNADE, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 24: Nigna the hippo takes an evening dip in her pool with a big splash on September 24, 2015 in Whipsnade, England. Nigna was born in 1978 in Spain and had bred calves in here being a great mum. She has been resident at Whipsnade since 1991. PHOTOGRAPH BY Tony Margiocchi / Barcroft Media UK Office, London. T +44 845 370 2233 W www.barcroftmedia.com USA Office, New York City. T +1 212 796 2458 W www.barcroftusa.com Indian Office, Delhi. T +91 11 4053 2429 W www.barcroftindia.com (Photo credit should read Tony Margiocchi / Barcroft Media / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 04: (AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND OUT) Petre the West African pygmy hippopotamus is seen with her baby calf Obi to celebrate her 31st birthday at Melbourne Zoo on August 4, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Wayne Taylor/Fairfax Media/Fairfax Media via Getty Images)
Begi, hippopotamus named Begi walks inside its enclosure at the Tbilisi zoo on September 13, 2015. The zoo has reopened today after been destroyed by last June floods. AFP PHOTO / VANO SHLAMOV (Photo credit should read VANO SHLAMOV/AFP/Getty Images)
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Surveillance footage shows the curious hippo casually strolling back into the zoo with a security guard cautiously following from behind.

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Once the security guard realized the hippo was headed back home, he jumped for joy.

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