Woman enters elephant enclosure during Zoo Lights

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DENVER - Denver Police said a woman who entered the elephant enclosure at the Denver Zoo during the Denver Zoo Lights event Monday night was transported to the hospital because she was extremely intoxicated.

The Denver Police and Fire departments initially responded to reports of a party that may have been shocked.

Police said the woman, later identified as 21-year-old Kelly Flynn, entered the enclosure and sat down next to electrical wires.

Flynn was transported to a local hospital.

Late Monday Night, the Denver Zoo issued the following statement:

"At around 8:55 p.m., on December 23, 2013, Denver Zoo security was alerted that a disoriented woman was found inside an animal yard in the zoo's Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit. No animals were in the yard at the time. The woman was transported for medical care. Denver police and Denver zoo are talking to guests to determine what happened."

The 10-acre Toyota Elephant Passage exhibit is designed to house up to eight Asian bull elephants in addition to greater one-horned rhinoceros, clouded leopards, Malayan tapirs, fishing cats, small-clawed otters and flying foxes. The elephants' home has six interconnected habitats and more than 100 gated passageways.

One of the sections of the exhibit, the Chang Pa Wildlife Preserve, is designed with no visible barriers between zoo guests and the animals. Guests walking along a boardwalk can see elephants, rhinos, tapirs and gibbons, according to the zoo's website.

Denver Zoo's Zoo Lights event continues through Jan. 5, opening the zoo 5:30 to 9 p.m. daily so visitors can see 150 animated animal sculptures on the zoo's 38 acres.

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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