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Rhinos won't be punished at zoo where girl fell into exhibit

8 months 1 week 5 days ago Wednesday, January 02 2019 Jan 2, 2019 January 02, 2019 10:51 AM January 02, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press
MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) - Officials at a Florida zoo where a toddler stumbled into a rhinoceros exhibit say the welfare of the animals was never compromised and the rhinos won't be punished in any way.
  
The Brevard Zoo said in a statement on Wednesday that the Rhino Encounters exhibit, as well as other exhibits involving "premium" animal experiences, has been suspended while zoo officials review safety protocol.
  
The 2-year-old girl was taken to a hospital for treatment Tuesday afternoon after she stumbled through steel poles separating the rhinos and spectators.
  
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.
  
The girl's condition is unknown.
  
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is investigating.

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