Toddler taken to hospital after falling in rhinoceros exhibit at Florida zoo

Child falls into rhino exhibit at Brevard Zoo in Melbourne

Child falls into rhino exhibit at Brevard Zoo in Melbourne

A young child slipped today into the rhinoceros enclosure at a Florida zoo and was injured, officials said.

"The dad was holding the little girl and they brought her up and took her out", Samantha Henkle told NBC News.

The child was participating in a hands-on experience with the rhinos that are led by guides.

A toddler in Florida stumbled into a rhinoceros exhibit Tuesday afternoon, came face-to-face with one of the beasts - and was rushed to a local trauma center to treat her injuries, officials said.

The incident happened at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne during a hands-on, educational experience called a Rhino Encounter, according to a statement from zoo spokesperson Elliot Zirulnik.

The snout is not the horn of the rhino, but below the horn near the rhino's mouth area, Zirulnik explained.

The child was rescued and taken to the Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital in Orlando, WKMG reported.

The child's condition is not clear.

The Rhino Exhibit located in the "Expedition Africa" section at Brevard Zoo houses four southern white rhinos who weigh between 2 to 4 tons along with three zebras.

"Safety has always been of paramount importance to us", he said.

"Our number one concern is the safety and welfare of our guests and our hearts go out to the family", said Brevard Zoo Executive Director Keith Winsten. Frankie, which weighs 5,300 pounds, arrived in October, according to apost by the zoo on Twitter.

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