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Woman Scales Barriers, Fences to Pet Elephants at LA Zoo

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A woman visiting the LA Zoo yesterday decided to climb over ditches and protective barriers in order to commune with the elephants. KTLA reports that the woman, whose name hasn't been released, announced to onlookers that she was "going to go pet the elephants now," then proceeded to climb over several fences and through a ditch or two before reaching the gentle giants. She stayed in the exhibit with them for about five minutes, and did manage to pet on, according to witnesses.

Finally, at the behest of zoo personnel (who didn't, curiously, go in after her) she came out on her own.

She was ultimately taken into custody and treated for mental illnesses.