There is an elephant in the room: The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo hosted its own election

The Jerusalem Biblical Zoo and the adjacent Israel Aquarium held their own mock election simultaneously with Israel’s general election.

Polls opened at 9 am, and visitors were able to vote for their favorite candidates among the zoo’s permanent residents until 6 pm.

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The election was first announced in a Facebook post in which various candidates share the pillars of their party platforms — the kangaroo party promises to fill voters’ pockets; the elephant party claims there is an elephant in the room and it is the only one that could stop a potential missile attack; pandas, flamingos, red-handed tamarins, and fallow deer joined forces to form a single party promising to keep things fun; and the zebras and zebra sharks party promises to keep the “sea of politics” clean.

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Unlike in the general election, all visitors to the zoo and aquarium are eligible to vote regardless of age or nationality.

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Israeli voters began casting ballots Tuesday in parliamentary elections that will determine whether longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remains in office after a decade in power.

Polling stations opened at 7 am local time, with exit polls expected at the end of the voting day, at 10 pm. Some 6.4 million eligible voters will be able to cast their ballots at more than 10,000 stations, some 200 of them located in hospitals and over 50 in prisons.