The toddler who fell into a Florida zoo's rhino exhibit suffered liver and lung injuries in the 10-second encounter

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February 1, 2019

Two rhinos rammed a toddler with their snouts after she fell into an exhibit at Florida's Brevard Zoo, and the girl suffered a lacerated liver and bruised lung, wildlife officials said. 

The 21-month-old also suffered contusions to her chest, back, abdomen and head during the New Year's Day incident, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission report said. Photos from the incident show the baby in a hospital bed with a neck brace and breathing tube. Her right cheek, right hip and navel area are visibly injured. The 29-page report released Wednesday includes an interview with the zoo supervisor in charge of the exhibit, who told investigators the girl "somehow fell backwards into the enclosure," perhaps after losing her balance. She landed on the ground behind one of the rhino's feet. The child had been petting and brushing the rhinos through the steel bars of the enclosure for about 10 minutes, according to the report. 

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