No elephants were outside when an unidentified woman slipped into their enclosure late Monday at Denver Zoo.
(Photo: Bob Linder, Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader)
DENVER -- A woman who entered the Denver Zoo's elephant enclosure during a holiday lights event was transported to a hospital because she was extremely intoxicated, police here said.
The Denver Police and Fire departments initially responded to reports around 9 p.m. MT Monday of someone who might have been shocked. Instead, police said on Twitter that they found the woman had entered the enclosure and sat down next to electrical wires.
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Late Monday Night, the Denver Zoo issued the following statement, "Denver Zoo security was alerted that a disoriented woman was found inside an animal yard in the zoo's Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit," Denver Zoo officials said in a statement. "No animals were in the yard at the time."
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The woman's name was not released.
The 10-acre Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit is designed to house up to eight Asian bull elephants in addition to greater one-horned rhinoceros, clouded leopards, Malayan tapirs, fishing cats, small-clawed otters and flying foxes. The elephants' home has six interconnected habitats and more than 100 gated passageways.
One of the sections of the exhibit, the Chang Pa Wildlife Preserve, is designed with no visible barriers between zoo guests and the animals. Guests walking along a boardwalk can see elephants, rhinos, tapirs and gibbons, according to the zoo's website.