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Wednesday 18 September 2019

Zoo suspends exhibits after toddler enters rhino enclosure

The Brevard Zoo announced the suspension of the Rhino Encounters exhibit and similar displays in a statement on Wednesday.

Officials at the zoo on Florida’s Space Coast say a rhino’s snout touched the girl before she was retrieved (PA)
Officials at the zoo on Florida’s Space Coast say a rhino’s snout touched the girl before she was retrieved (PA)

By Associated Press reporter

A zoo where a toddler stumbled into a rhinoceros enclosure is suspending exhibits offering “premium” animal experiences while officials review safety protocol.

The Brevard Zoo announced the suspension of the Rhino Encounters exhibit and similar displays in a statement on Wednesday.

The two-year-old girl was taken to a hospital for treatment on Tuesday after she stumbled through steel poles separating the rhinos and spectators.

Posted by Brevard Zoo on Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Officials at the zoo on Florida’s Space Coast say a rhino’s snout touched the girl before she was retrieved in a matter of seconds from the exhibit.

The girl’s father said his daughter is doing well.

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