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Trio of Elephants Get Up-Close Look at Georgia Highway Fire

"Can you imagine what things would be like if it was a lion?"

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    Elephants Evacuated From Burning Truck in Ga. Highway Fire

    A semi-trailer carrying three African elephants caught fire Monday morning on Interstate 24 in Dade County, Georgia. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017)

    Firefighters battling a truck fire in Georgia early Monday probably couldn't ignore the elephant in the room — three elephants, that is, standing by the side of the highway.

    They'd been evacuated from the truck's trailer when the fire broke out on Interstate 24 on the Georgia-Tennessee border at about 2 a.m., according to the Chattanooga Fire Department.

    The trio of huge but well-behaved animals were heading to Sarasota, Florida, and were unharmed, firefighters said on Facebook. The truck's owner gave them some hay to chew while firefighters put out the blaze.

    "They were pretty lucky that it was nothing greater than an elephant," Chattanooga Capt. Wadie Suttles told NBC affiliate WRCB. "Can you imagine what things would be like if it was a lion?"