Woman Hops in Giraffe Pen, Gets Kicked in the Face

Wally the giraffe was not overjoyed to see her

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Aug 17, 2014 12:43 PM CDT

(Newser) – Police say a California woman was cited after climbing into the giraffe exhibit at a Madison zoo and getting kicked in the face. A police report says 24-year-old Amanda Hall, of San Luis Obispo, Calif., climbed over one fence and almost got over the second fence of the giraffe enclosure at the Henry Vilas Zoo about 5:30pm yesterday. A 2-year-old, 12-foot-tall giraffe named Wally gave Hall a lick, then turned and kicked her in the face.

Zoo staff told police that giraffes are capable of killing lions, so the woman was fortunate that her injuries were not life-threatening. Police ticketed Hall for harassment of zoo animals, which has a fine of $686. The police report says Hall told officers she climbed into the exhibit because she loves giraffes.

Baby giraffe Martin stands in the enclosure at the Opel Zoo, near Frankfurt, Germany, May 28, 2014.
Baby giraffe Martin stands in the enclosure at the Opel Zoo, near Frankfurt, Germany, May 28, 2014.   (AP Photo/dpa, Boris Roessler)
A newborn baby giraffe looks up at the Planckendael zoo in Mechelen, near Brussels, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014.
A newborn baby giraffe looks up at the Planckendael zoo in Mechelen, near Brussels, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014.   (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)
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