Yes, a woman was kicked in the face by a giraffe at a Wisconsin zoo Saturday. Yes, she was licked first. And no, no thinking animal was hurt during the incident. You could count the human one, supposedly, but "thinking" might be the incorrect adjecting to use in this instance. And to add a legal insult to the mindless injury, authorities said Amanda Hall, 24, of San Luis Obispo, Calif., was cited for suspicion of harrassing the zoo animals, KTLA in Los Angeles reported Aug. 17.
Suspicion? Seriously? She was kicked... by a giraffe... Why else would a giraffe do such a thing if not because he was annoyed with such a rude intruder?
Just when you thought imprudent human curiosity and lack of common sense around wild animals might be abated by animal attacks across the planet (and reported on and/or videotaped and posted to YouTube), a woman touring the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, Wisc., offers up another moment in the "how many times does it take?" file of irresponsible human behavior in the presence of animals. Amanda Hall apparently climbed the fence over an outer fence and had partially made her way through a second fence when a 2-year-old giraffe named Wally licked her.
Equally as apparent, Wally, must not have liked what he had just licked, because, according to police, the 12-foot-tall giraffe turned his back on hall and promptly kicked her in the face.
According to WABC in New York, Henry Vilas Zoo Curator Jeff Stafford says Wally was most likely reacting to someone strange entering his home.
"Imagine if that animal came into your house. How would you feel about that? You would probably be nervous and excited," Stafford said. "So an animal is going to have a similar response. That's probably what happened in this case."
KTLA said Amanda Hall was treated at a local hospital and released.
And that citation? Hall has to pay a fine of $686, according to the Madison Police.
But Hall is just the latest example of individuals getting a bit too close to animals in captivity. Just last month a woman entered the security area around a lion's cage at Sunrise Side Nature Trail and Exotic Park in Michigan and attempted to pet the massive animal. She quickly lost part of her finger as the lion snapped at her. While she contends that a zoo worker allowed her into the caged area, WNEM in Saginaw reported, said zoo worker maintains that when she went into the secure area, the woman and her daughter quickly followed her. Even as she told them they had to leave, the woman, Renae Ferguson, reached into the lion's cage to pet the big cat.
Ferguson says she is considering suing because nobody attempted to stop her, despite what the zoo worker stated to authorities and the zoo and the area being heavily posted with warning not to interact with the animals.
More recently, a young boy was videotaped by onlookers as he swam toward a beach, a massive crocodile giving chase. It is unclear whether or not the boy was aware that the huge reptile was bearing down on him, but, fortunately for him, a quick-thinking onlooker tossed a large object near the head of the beast, distracting it and allowing the boy to make it to shore. The crocodile in the video is one that tourists feed in a Mexican reserve in Quintana Roo.