The woman reportedly climbed fences and barriers to get into the six acre elephant enclosure.
She stayed inside with the enormous animals for around five minutes before climbing out.
Before leaving she reportedly pet the elephants, luckily avoiding getting trampled.
One zoo visitor captured the incident on camera and said “She says ‘I’m going to pet the elephants now.’And she goes and she started touching the elephants and seeing what they were doing.”
The incident went down at the elephant exhibit in California called Elephants of Asia, which opened last December and according to Huffington Post, the project was met with controversy as many said the six acre enclosure is not adequate for elephants to be kept in captivity.
The woman has not yet been identified but it’s being reported by KTLA that she was later taken into custody and hospitalized so she could receive treatment for various mental illnesses.
The zoo released a statement regarding the incident defending the enclosure saying, “We feel our barriers are adequate,” and that “This is the first incident of this sort since Elephants of Asia opened.”
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