Child injured during & # 39; Rhino Encounter & # 39; at Brevard Zoo in Florida



A child was injured after falling into a rhinoplasty at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne, Florida.

The toddler, who is about 2 years old, and the mother were taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital For Children and Orlando Regional Medical Center, said Brevard County Fire Rescue.

PHOTO: Guests take part in the Rhino Encounter at Brevard Zoo in Florida.Brevard Zoo
Guests take part in the Rhino Encounter & # 39; at Brevard Zoo in Florida.

The child fell during the "Rhino Encounter", a "hands-on, educational experience with the white rhinoceros of the Brevard Zoo", said Brevard Zoo in an e-mail statement to ABC News, adding that the program has been operating without incidents since 2009.

"During the meeting, participants and rhinos are separated by a series of steel piles," it added. "According to witnesses the child stumbled and fell between two of the poles and at that moment the nose of at least one rhino made contact with the child."

PHOTO: Guests take part in the Rhino Encounter at Brevard Zoo in Florida.Brevard Zoo
Guests take part in the Rhino Encounter & # 39; at Brevard Zoo in Florida.

The & # 39; Rhino Encounter & # 39; is an animal-led program for children 3 years and older, according to the zoo's website.

The state of the child is unknown at the moment, the zoo said.

The mother had non-critical injuries to her arm, said rescue work.

"Our greatest concern is the safety and well-being of our guests and our hearts go out to the family", says Keith Winsten, director of the zoo.

The Rhino Encounter program has been suspended while the zoo is evaluating its safety.


Source link