Security Changes At LA Zoo Unlikely After Woman Jumps Into Elephant Exhibit

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A security review is unlikely to yield any dramatic shifts in policy after a woman hopped through barriers to pet the elephants at the Los Angeles Zoo, officials said Thursday.

KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz reports the bizarre incident has caught the eye of at least one local councilman.

City Councilman Tom LaBonge discussed the breach with the zoo director to determine if any changes need to be made to park policy.

“They’re reviewing everything, which is good to do, and I am going to visit the zoo to walk it myself and see actually what happened,” LaBonge said.

The woman who entered the newly-renovated exhibit later said she has a mental illness and neglected to take her medication.

A zoo spokesman said they consider the trespass an isolated incident and are not planning any security changes at this time.

And while no charges were filed, LaBonge remained skeptical that any changes could prevent a similar incident from occurring in the future.

“Anywhere in the zoo you can climb a fence and jump in and maybe somebody will not want you in there,” he said. “Not just the zoo staff but the animals, they’re pretty strong on who comes in there or not.”

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  • Jeezus

    Councilmen sound like idiots with a nice and easy job. Always trying to ban our freedoms because of some other idiot’s stupid actions. How about we ban councilmen.

  • Sage Advice

    And she could have just as easily jumped out onto the 101 Freeway; what do we do now, put up a 20 foot fence along the 101 nearly the entire length of California, to keep psychos off of it? No. Logical, sane people do not try to schmooze with 5 ton elephants. There are other consequences for that which are much more practical; like getting sat on and enveloped by a 3-foot wide rectum.

  • Ben

    The same goes for Los Angeles subway stations when those ugly looking yellow poles were put up just because a blind man fell between subway cars. I don’t see such poles in other citie’s subway stations.

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