The report would cite the woman for ‘climbing over one fence and was partially through a second fence that surrounded the giraffe exhibit‘ at the Henry Vilas Zoo.
The incident is said to have taken place circa 5.30pm this past Saturday.
Prior to be kicked in the face, Amanda Hall would tell that the giraffe, a two year old, 12 foot tall giraffe called Wally (why decline?) licked her face before suddenly turning and kicking her in the face.
Zoo curator Jeff Stafford says the giraffe was just reacting to someone coming into its home.
‘Imagine if that animal came into your house, how would you feel about that? You would probably be nervous and excited, so an animal is going to have a similar experience, have a similar response. Be a little nervous and excited and that is probably what happened in this case.’
The police report would add: ‘Zoo staff advised that giraffes are capable of killing lions, and that Hall was lucky not to have been more seriously injured.’
Police said they ticketed Hall for ‘harassment of zoo animals’ and fined her for $686, adding that Amanda Hall only came to suffer non-life threatening injuries.
The police report says Hall revealed ‘she climbed into the exhibit area because she loves giraffes.’
Dane County said in a release last year that 12-foot-tall Wally is a reticulated giraffe and earlier lived at Illinois’ Niabi Zoo.
Wally lives alongside another reticulated giraffe, named Eddie.