California woman kicked in the face by Vilas Zoo giraffe

2014-08-17T20:00:00Z California woman kicked in the face by Vilas Zoo giraffeSAM CUSICK scusick@madison.com, 608-252-6040 madison.com

A California woman was determined to see one of her favorite zoo animals up close at Vilas Zoo Saturday, but the giraffe was not nearly as excited to see her.

Amanda Hall, 24, of San Luis Obispo, climbed over one fence and was almost over the second fence encircling the giraffe enclosure when Wally, a 2-year-old, 12-foot-tall giraffe, licked her before turning and kicking her in the face, according to a Madison Police Department report.

She suffered injuries that were not life-threatening from the kick. Zoo staff told police Hall was lucky to not have been more seriously injured, as giraffes are capable of killing lions.

Hall told officers she decided to climb into the exhibit because "she loves giraffes," according to the report by Madison Police Sgt. Paige Valenta.

Hall was cited for harassment of zoo animals, which includes a $686 fine.

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