A father has been arrested on suspicion of endangering a child after taking his 2-year-old daughter into an elephant enclosure at the San Diego Zoo in the United States. United States, Because I wanted to take pictures with animals.
The man overcame several obstacles and “deliberately and illegally” encroached on the enclosure of Asian and African elephants on Friday afternoon, zoo spokesman Andrew James said.
A witness video provided to NBC San Diego shows the person running the baby, as if an elephant were advancing on them (see video above). The person was able to catch the child and remove him safely from the scene.
Police said the 25-year-old wanted to take a picture with an African elephant. James said the elephants were not injured.
San Diego County prison records show that Jose Manuel Navarre held $ 100,000 in bond to investigate child danger.
Witness Lori Ordale told KSWP-TV that she heard a woman climbing over a fence and shouting “Jose, stop” before crossing the elephant.
“People immediately said, ‘That elephant is going to be attacked,’ and that’s what happened,” Ordell said.
“We told him to leave and he came back and, thankfully, just in time,” said Jake Ordale, who witnessed the incident. “He ran, threw his baby through the gate, had a few seconds to attack. He jumped through the gate and fell to the ground, then the elephant made a loud noise”.
“The baby started crying and people were freaking out about this guy,” he said.
Police said the child went home with his mother after Navrat was arrested.
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