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Tesla helps Arizona family escape wild animals

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — An Arizona couple were concerned about wild animals outside their new home but were able to use their car to solve the problem.

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A squadron of javelinas came to Kimberly and Jeff Weeldreyer’s Scottsdale home just as the couple and their friend were trying to leave, KPNX reported. The humans retreated into the house to stay safe, knowing the animals can be territorial. Jeff used the auto-drive feature on his Tesla, which was parked outside, to encourage the animals to move, KNXV reported.

The collared peccary, or javelina, is a South American animal which only recently arrived in Arizona, according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department. Adults generally weigh between 35 and 60 pounds.

While javelinas are herbivores, they have been known to attack humans. In 2015, The Arizona Republic reported a squadron of javelinas attacked a dog on a walk with its owner outside Phoenix. Javelinas are generally only aggressive in suburban areas near humans and are common in much of central and southern Arizona.

The Arizona Game and Fish Department say humans should never feed javelinas. They recommend scaring the animals off by making loud noises, throwing rocks in their direction or spraying them with a hose.