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Unforgettable Experience: Giraffe Lifts Toddler at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

Thursday, June 6, 2024 • Tamil Comments
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It was shocking when a giraffe hoisted a toddler at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose, Texas. On Saturday, June 1, Paisley Toten, 2, visited the facility with her parents, Jason and Sierra Robert. Robert posted on Facebook that a giraffe picked up the toddler, changing the family's journey.

“We had a blast at Fossil Rim today. However... Robert stated in her message, "I discourage you from riding in the truck back."

The family drove around the facility on a walkway where visitors can feed the free-roaming animals. At the time, the center allowed guests to ride in truck beds if supervised by an adult and safely seated.

A giraffe unintentionally lifted Paisley by her shirt collar in the truck during their tour. A nearby family filmed the incident.

Lindsay Merrirmen, who videotaped the incident, told Storyful, “My daughter was recording a giraffe eating from people's hands and dipping its head into sunroofs. “We saw the giraffe accidentally grab a little girl's shirt and food and lift her from the truck bed.”

Jason told KWTX-TV that the giraffe grabbed his daughter after they stopped feeding them. Paisley was holding the bag, and the giraffe grabbed it and her clothing, lifting her. “Her mom yelled, ‘Hey!’ and the giraffe let go.”

Paisley landed into her mother's arms uninjured. Her parents gave her a gift store giraffe to commemorate her safety. The family will visit the park again.

The wildlife center spokeswoman said, “The safety of our guests and animals is of utmost importance. This has never happened before, but we're taking quick steps to prevent it. Guests cannot ride in truck beds starting immediately.”

The spokeswoman said, “Fossil Rim offers various guided experiences for guests to have memorable and safe animal encounters while supporting our mission to save threatened and endangered species.”

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