Father arrested for dropping his child into elephant habitat at San Diego Zoo

In San Diego, a father who took his young child to the zoo and dropped the toddler into the elephant habitat on Friday has been arrested and charged with child endangerment and trespassing in a zoo enclosure.

According to NbcNews, the father dropped the two-year-old into the habitat but hurriedly picked him up in the Asian and African elephant area and escaped when the elephant appeared to be charging at them. One observer stated that it appeared the man had tripped and dropped the child before grabbing him and running away. The angry elephant charged into one of the barriers.

Zoo personnel quickly responded, but the man had already left the zoo.

“Despite multiple barriers,” the father “purposely and illegally trespassed into a habitat,” San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance spokesman Andrew James said in a statement.

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