MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — St. Paul police say two men were arrested and released over the weekend after they jumped into Como Zoo’s giraffe pit.
According to police, officers were dispatched to Como Zoo at 5:42 p.m. Saturday on the report of two men who were in custody after they climbed the rails and entered a giraffe pit.
Police say both men exited the area when told to do so by Park Security officers who were on scene.
The men, identified as 23 year olds Luke David Odenthal and Angel Perez Banuet Torres, were cited for trespassing and released.
“We take it very seriously for the health and well-being of our animals. People go to great lengths to make poor decisions, and when poor decisions are made, it puts both individuals and animals at risk,” Como Zoo spokesman Matt Reinartz said.
Como Zoo is located at 1225 Estabrook Drive in St. Paul.