Boy Gets In Giraffe Enclosure at Henry Doorly Zoo


OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) --  What began as a typical trip to the Henry Doorly Zoo Sunday turned frightening for a mother whose 3-year-old son apparently squeezed his way into an animal enclosure. 

WOWT 6 News met with the man who came to the rescue and zoo officials who are already tackling the safety concerns.

The boy’s father said he was grabbing food when the incident happened. He said his wife was watching the two kids. As she looked over to check on her 6-year-old daughter, their 3-year-old son slipped through a fence at the African Grasslands exhibit. 

The zoo was packed this past Sunday; the beautiful weather brought more than 1,500 visitors, including Boyd Keith Adams.

"We were walking past this one exhibit that said rhinos, giraffes and impalas,” said Adams."We wanted to go down there and look at the animals."

That’s when Adams noticed a panicking mother. He says her three-year-old son was inside the animal enclosure.

"I said, ‘hey lady do you want me to save your kid?’...and she said ‘yes!”"

So Adams says he had to climb and then hop over the fence.

Watch VIDEO of the story HERE

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