2-year-old injured after falling into 'Rhino Encounter' exhibit at Florida zoo

EMBED </>More Videos

Child injured after falling into a rhinocerous enclosure at zoo

Officials say a 2-year-old girl has been injured after falling into the rhinoceros exhibit at a Florida zoo.

Brevard County Fire Rescue officials said the girl was taken to an Orlando hospital for treatment Tuesday afternoon. Her mother was also taken to a hospital for treatment. The incident happened at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne.

The zoo's executive director Keith Winsten tells Florida Today they don't believe the rhino's horn touched the child. The extent of her injuries wasn't immediately known.

RELATED: 22-year-old woman attacked, killed when lion escapes enclosure

He says she fell through the steel poles that separate guests from rhinos during a hands-on experience.

Zoo spokesman Elliot Zirulnik says the zoo has offered the hands-on experience daily since 2009 without any incidents prior to Tuesday.

CORRECTION: This story has been updated to show that the injured child is a girl, not a boy.

Related Topics:
zooanimalanimal attackanimal newsanimalschild injuredu.s. & worldFlorida
(Copyright ©2019 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)