Phoenix has its share of traffic – not the 24/7 snarl of Los Angeles’ Hollywood Freeway by any stretch – but a rush hour that lasts from about 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and again from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. that slows cars to a mere crawl particularly on Interstates 10, 17 and the eastbound Loop 202 out of central Phoenix.
To my knowledge, never has a traffic jam been caused by a pacaderm. Not so in South Africa as the United States’ World Cup squad discovered earlier today.
The U.S. team was delayed on its way to its training session Friday night by a hungry elephant snacking on a tree.
After four minutes, the elephant moved to the side of the road and the team continued on to Royal Bafokeng Stadium.
It was the second elephant interruption of the day for the U.S. men. Earlier in the afternoon, a bus carrying 10 players on their way to an open-air market at the entrance to the team hotel got stuck behind an elephant, spokesman Michael Kammarman said.
A rare occurrence? Apparently not …
Signs outside the hotel warn: “ELEPHANTS COME CLOSE TO OUR FENCE KEEP A DISTANCE OF 30 METERS AND PLEASE BE QUIET.”
And then there’s this: “BABOONS ARE DANGEROUS — PLEASE KEEP CLEAR OF THEM AND DO NOT FEED THEM.”
Good information to know. Those pink tuchases are deceptive in their attractiveness, apparently.