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Attack of the Robot Zoo?

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The residents of the city of Nantes, in France, are being treated to an unusual exhibit. Giant models of an elephant, a squid, and several other marine and land animals are being displayed.

But they’re more than just (enormous) models of animals. The exhibit, called "Les Machines de L’Ile de Nantes," consists of mechanical animals. As in, they move!

Not only do the models move, but they provide transportation. Visitors to the exhibit can ride atop a gigantic elephant whose mechanical trunk moves gracefully up and down while the tree-stump legs lurch forward.

The constructions were clearly built to be both impressive and intimidating, with the elephant over 40 feet tall. Other attractions include a giant squid (yikes!) and a manta ray. These, too, serve as vehicles that can be controlled by a passenger inside.

The mechanical animals were dreamed up by Francois Delaroziere and Pierre Oreficee and will remain in Nantes.

Photos and a video of the elephant taxi in action can be found at gizmodo.com.