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Man arrested for entering Zoo's elephant enclosure

Police in Washington arrested a man for trespassing in the National Zoo's elephant enclosure.

The elephant area is closed for a major renovation, but the man entered the space Saturday. He was escorted out of the park but returned. That's when zoo officials called the police.

A zoo spokesman says the elephants were outside at the time, and the man didn't encounter them.

After the renovation, the elephant enclosure will include a large walking area and four acres of space indoors and outdoors.


By Washington Post Editors  |  March 8, 2010; 10:53 AM ET
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On a related note, the planned "walking area" is not even close to "large" by elephant standards. Elephants roam hundreds of miles at a time. And four total acres for multiple elephants is like trapping a human in the top floor of their house their entire life. The National Zoo should follow the lead of other urban zoos that have transferred their elephants to true sanctuaries after realizing that they cannot humanely care for six-ton animals in such a small setting.

Posted by: VirginiaDad | March 8, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

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