Child injured after falling into cheetah exhibit at Cleveland zoo

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CLEVELAND  — Officials say a 2-year-old boy is recovering after falling several feet into a cheetah exhibit at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

Cleveland Fire Department spokesman Larry Gray tells the Plain Dealer that the boy’s mother was holding him and another child when the boy slipped and fell into the pit Saturday. The child was rescued before firefighters and paramedics arrived and taken to a hospital.

The zoo’s executive director, Chris Kuhar, tells WJW-TV that the boy’s leg was injured but the injury wasn’t caused by the animals. The newspaper described his injuries as minor bruises and bumps.

Neither fire officials nor a zoo spokeswoman returned calls Saturday evening for further details.

The exhibit was closed following the child’s fall.



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