A California woman climbed into a giraffe exhibit at a zoo in Madison, Wisconsin, and the result was exactly what you’d expect.
According to reports, 24-year-old Amanda Hall of San Luis, California decided to climb through two fences at Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, Wisconsin on Saturday. As the woman was climbing through the second fence, a two-year-old giraffe named Wally licked Hall before turning around and kicking her in the face.
“He had some grass and nuzzled my head,” said Hall. “He licked me and then I got a kick to the chin. It was a shock.”
“Zoo staff advised that giraffes are capable of killing lions, and that Hall was lucky not to have been more seriously injured,” read the police report.
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Hall was later handed a ticket for “harassment of zoo animals” and was fined $686, and she says she doesn’t think the citation is fair.
"I was not trying to harm the giraffe. I just don’t think it’s fair,” said Hall. “I got hit in the face by a giraffe. I had to deal with all that. That was a lot of pain to deal with already. I don’t need a fine and this on my record. I don’t 'harass' zoo animals. I’m an animal lover.”
Hall says she promises never to cross a barricade like that again, acknowledging that it is “there for a reason.” She still says she doesn’t think it was a big deal.
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Sources: Daily Mail, People, LA Times