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What is this funny sign that appeared on Belgian roads?

You may be familiar with road signs featuring deer, cows, or horses, but have you ever seen one with an elephant? Is it a novelty, a hoax, or a publicity stunt?

Traffic signs with animal designs are common on our roads. They are usually used to alert drivers of the possible presence of animals, wild or domestic, in the area. While you may be familiar with them, let’s review some of the most common ones you might encounter on French roads.

“Wild Animal Crossing” sign

This sign indicates areas where wild animals may frequently cross the road, especially at night. Drivers in these areas must be extra vigilant and be prepared to slow down or stop if necessary. The sign typically features a stylized image of an animal, such as a deer or a wild boar.

“Pet crossing” sign

This type of sign is used in areas where farm animals may be on the road, either alone or in herds, often with a farmer or shepherd. It typically features a drawing of a cow or sheep inside a red triangle or circle.

“Rider crossing” sign

Similar to the pet crossing sign, this sign indicates the frequent presence of horse riders on the side of the road or at crossing points.

“No dogs allowed” sign

This sign is less relevant to motorists as it is typically found in urban areas, at the entrance to residential areas or public parks and gardens. However, they can also be found in motorway rest areas, featuring a drawing of a dog inside a circle or red triangle. Dogs, even on a leash, are not allowed in these areas.

“Beware of elephants” sign

Now, onto the main topic of this article! Have you ever seen a triangular sign surrounded by red, featuring a drawing of an elephant? If not, that’s completely normal! These signs have recently appeared near Arlon in the Belgian Ardennes, along with a blue sign that reads: “Have you seen me?”. So, is it an escaped elephant from a zoo or a hoax? In fact, it’s an advertisement for a fiber optic company, Eurofiber, aiming to draw attention and generate buzz as they promote their services to small and medium-sized enterprises in the region. There are no real elephants involved, except for the company’s logo, which features a pachyderm. These signs will be removed within 5-6 days and relocated to other towns in the region. A clever publicity stunt!

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