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Child, 2, Hospitalized After Falling Into Rhino Exhibit At Florida Zoo

A 2-year-old child was rushed to a hospital after slipping and falling into a rhino exhibit Tuesday at a Florida zoo. The injury occurred after the toddler came into contact with one of the animal’s snouts, zoo officials said. The child was taken to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, and the child’s mother was taken to Orlando Regional medical center with “non-critical injuries” to her arm. The incident happened at the Brevard Zoo in Melbourne during a hands-on, educational experience called “Rhino Encounter,” according to a statement from zoo spokesperson Elliot Zirulnik. Each session is open to guests ages 3 and up, and is led by a zookeeper, lasting about 20 minutes. ...Read more

Escaped Lion Kills 22-Year-Old Intern At North Carolina Zoo

A 22-year-old intern at a North Carolina zoo was killed Sunday after a lion escaped a locked space. The Conservators Center in Burlington announced that the intern was killed during a routine cleaning of an animal enclosure at about 11:30 a.m. ET. The intern was identified by the Caswell County Sheriff’s Office as Alexandra Black, 22, a native of New Palestine, Indiana, and was a recent graduate of Indiana State University. ...Read more

Guatemalan Boy, 8, Dies At Border While In Government Custody

An 8-year-old boy from Guatemala died in government custody early Tuesday. This is the second immigrant child to die in detention this month. U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the boy, identified by the Guatemalan consul in Phoenix as Felipe Gomez Alonzo, died shortly after midnight. The boy showed “signs of potential illness” Monday and was taken with his father to a hospital in Alamogordo, New Mexico, CBP said. After he was release, the boy was returned to the hospital Monday evening and died hours later, CBP said. The official cause of death is not known, and in accordance with CBP policy, the agency’s Office of Professional Responsibility will conduct a review.  ...Read more

President Trump Offers Holiday Greetings To U.S. Troops

President Donald Trump on Tuesday, Christmas Day, wished U.S. troops stationed around the country and the world a Merry Christmas. President Trump spoke by video conference to members of all five branches of the U.S. military, saying in part: “I know it’s a great sacrifice for you to be away from your families, but I want you to know that every American family is eternally grateful to you, and we’re holding you close in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. We love what you do and love your work. Amazing people.”  ...Read more