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Woman in zoo pen: ‘Extremely intoxicated’ 21-year-old climbs in elephant pen

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A woman in a zoo pen at the Denver Zoo ended up in a hospital not because the elephants or any other wild animal housed in the zoo pen attacked the intruder but because the woman was “extremely intoxicated” while climbing into the zoo pen, reported 9News Colorado on Dec. 24, 2013.

The woman found in the elephant zoo pen has been identified as 21-year-old Kelly Flynn who had wandered away from a crowd at the Denver Zoo during its annual holiday lights event on Monday night.

Around 8:55 p.m., security officers at the Denver Zoo were alerted that a young woman was inside the wild animal yard of the Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit and that she did not seem to move. The Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit is designed to house eight Asian bull elephants, greater one-horned rhinoceros, clouded leopards, Malayan tapirs, fishing cats, small-clawed otters, and flying foxes.

When Denver Police and Fire departments arrived at the scene, they discovered that the woman inside the zoo pen had not been attacked by an elephant or any other wild animal or that she had been shocked by the electrical wires protecting the zoo pen but that she was "extremely intoxicated." The 21-year-old was taken to the hospital and charged with trespassing.

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