A rhino bit a woman's finger after the woman paid the hefty sum of $60 for the the Denver Zoo meet and greet of the Rhino. Well she got to meet the black rhinoceros, but the greeting part didn't go off as planned, according to the Huffington Post on Aug. 28.
As the woman went to feed the rhino, it bit her finger, sending this zoo visitor to the hospital. The Denver Zoo has indefinitely suspended the meet and greet program, which offered visitors the chance to touch and feed a rhino for a fee.
Mshindi the rhino was the culprit that bit the woman's finger while she was feeding it. It is not known what condition the woman is in after heading off to the hospital.
The "terrible accident" is what zoo officials are calling this today and they add that they do not believe the Rhino was trying to harm her. The woman's finger was probably grabbed along with the food she was hand feeding the creature.
This rhino "meet and greet" program at the Denver Zoo was introduced this year and it has done well as an added attraction, which collects an extra $60 fee for the chance to touch and feed a rhino. It brings in extra money for the zoo and it is a program that some of the other zoos also offer.
The Denver Zoo's accrediting agency, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, will receive a report on this incident from the Denver Zoo, said a zoo spokesperson.