A terrifying video has been released revealing the moments when a silly young father walked into the elephant pen at the San Diego Zoo holding his 2-year-old daughter.
The 25-year-old parent clearly planned to take a cellphone selfie with the zoo’s African bull elephant. But the beast had another idea and ran at the dad and his daughter as it charged towards them and make them leave his pen, boundaries people.
The panicked dad raced to slip back out of the enclosure but lost his daughter on the way out in a video posted by ABC News. He grabbed her again and they both ran out as the crowd screamed and yelled: “Watch out!”
He was arrested by police on suspicion of child endangerment, which I think he should definitely be charged for stupidity.
Jose Manuel Navarrete was being held on $100,000 bail for investigation of child endangerment, ABC News reported. He was scheduled to be arraigned on March 30. After the arrest, his daughter went home with her mother.
Witness Lori Ortale told KSWB-TV she heard a woman yelling “Jose, stop” before a man hopped the fence into the elephant pen.
Witness Jake Ortale said, “The baby starts crying and people were just mad at this guy.” Well, I don’t blame them.