If a zoo visitor ever suffered an insult after an injury, that should be Amanda Hall from San Luis Obispo, California. She had the not-so-clever idea of getting in the face of Wally the 12-foot-tall giraffe, who first investigated the visitor by licking her face. Then, evidently not satisfied with the taste, Wally proceeded to kick Amanda in the face. Afterward, the victim was slapped with a fine of $686 for “harassment of zoo animals”.
Police said that the incident occurred at around 5:30 pm on Saturday at the Henry Vilas Zoo. The report states that Amanda “climbed over one fence and was partially through a second fence that surrounds the giraffe exhibit”. It added:
Zoo staff advised that giraffes are capable of killing lions, and that Hall was lucky not to have been more seriously injured.
So, I hope Amanda would take comfort at the fact that she survived the encounter. Or maybe not.
The police report added that Amanda said “she climbed into the exhibit area because she loves giraffes”. The object of her love, Wally, is a reticulated giraffe who earlier lived at Illinois’ Niabi Zoo. Nowadays, Wally shares his enclosure with another reticulated giraffe, named Eddie. (Scroll down for a video of a giraffe’s struggle against a lion.)
1. Amanda Hall was cited after climbing into the giraffe exhibit at Henry Vilas Zoo on Saturday.
2. Giraffe Wally who kicked Amanda Hall in the face on Saturday (file photo).
3. Amanda Hall climbed over fences at Henry Vilas Zoo on Saturday, and was fined $686 for her misdeeds.
And here is the video: