Shocking moment a bull elephant charges at a man and his two-year-old daughter after he risked their lives breaking in to a zoo enclosure so he could pose for pictures
- Jose Manuel Navarrete has been arrested on suspicion of child endangerment
- On Friday, he entered the elephant enclosure at San Diego Zoo, carrying his young daughter
- Shocking footage shows the 25-year-old dropping his child as he flees from a charging elephant
- The child was unharmed and Navarrete is being held on £100,000 bail
A man has been arrested on suspicion of child endangerment after he carried his two-year-old daughter into the elephant habitat at the San Diego Zoo.
Shocking footage shows Jose Manuel Navarrete dropping his child as he runs away after a trumpeting bull elephant charged at him in front of screaming onlookers.
In the video, Navarrete stands holding his daughter with his back to the elephants. He begins to run after screaming onlookers alert him to an elephant that has appeared behind him.
As he flees, Navarrete drops his child who lies extremely close to the elephant’s foot. Luckily, Navarrete picked up the toddler and was able to get to safety.
Police said the 25-year-old had entered the enclosure to try and take a photo with the elephants.
A man has been arrested on suspicion of child endangerment after he carried his two-year-old daughter into the elephant habitat at the San Diego Zoo. Shocking footage shows Jose Manuel Navarrete dropping his child as he runs away after a trumpeting elephant charged at him in front of screaming onlookers
Zoo spokesman Andrew James said the man, later identified as Navarrete, bypassed multiple barriers and ‘purposely and illegally trespassed’ into a habitat for Asian and African elephants on Friday afternoon.
No elephants were harmed in the incident.
Navarrete is being held on £100,000 bail for investigation of child endangerment, according to San Diego County jail records.
He is set to be arraigned on March 30.
No elephants were harmed in the incident on Friday, a zoo spokesman told reporters
Lori Ortale, a witness, told KSWB-TV that she heard a woman shouting ‘Jose, stop’ before the man jumped the fence and entered the elephant enclosure.
‘These guys right away were saying, ‘That elephant is going to charge,’ and it did,’ Ortale said.
‘We told him to get out and he turned around and he saw it thankfully just in time,’ Jake Ortale, who also witnessed the incident, said.
‘He runs, throws his baby through the gate and it’s seconds from hitting him. He jumps through the gate, falls on the ground and then it roared.’
‘The baby starts crying and people were just mad at this guy,’ he said.
The child went home with her mother after her father was arrested, police said.
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