Toddler injured after falling into rhino exhibit at Florida zoo

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Officials say a 2-year-old girl was injured after falling into the rhinoceros exhibit at a zoo in Florida.

According to Brevard County Fire Rescue officials, the girl was taken to an Orlando hospital Tuesday afternoon for treatment.

The girl’s mother was also taken to a hospital for treatment.

The incident happened at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne.

The zoo's executive director, Keith Winsten, tells Florida Today they don't believe the rhino's horn touched the child.

The extent of her injuries wasn't immediately known.

He says she fell through the steel poles that separate guests from rhinos during a hands-on experience.

Zoo spokesman Elliot Zirulnik says the zoo has offered the hands-on experience daily since 2009 without any incidents prior to Tuesday.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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