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Father tries to get into elephant exhibit at Milwaukee Zoo to 'impress his daughter,' Sheriff's Office says

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Posted at 6:11 PM, Apr 07, 2021

MILWAUKEE — A father attempted to get into the elephant exhibit at the Milwaukee County Zoo Wednesday to "impress his daughter," before being detained.

The zoo said in a statement that the man climbed over a locked, fenced area of the outdoor elephant exhibit. He began to climb over a secondary fence, but did not breach that barrier.

The man never shared space with the zoo's two African elephants who were inside at the time, the zoo says.

A spokesperson for the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that the man did so to impress his daughter.

A park worker had to detain the man until deputies arrived.

The man had been warned that the area was restricted. The man was issued a citation for trespassing, the Sheriff's Office spokesperson said.

No injuries were reported.

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