Reader: Zoo has some responsibility for drunk woman who got into elephant exhibit

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Melanie Asmar's post about a drunk woman who got into an elephant exhibit at the Denver Zoo notes that new signage is intended to prevent something like this from happening in the future. In the view of one reader, though, the Zoo shouldn't be considered off the hook for what could have been a dangerous incident.

bylagoon writes:

When the Zoo sells alcohol they have to assume some degree of responsibility.They should be on alert that an inebriated person could get into prohibited animal areas when you sell alcohol. New trespassing signs will not make a difference.If drunk people read signs she would not have found her way into the elephant area and touched a electrical wire in the first place.

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Chris Dixon
Chris Dixon

horse hockey! She was drunk, and needs to take responsibility for that. A sober person would have the common sense to not go in there.

DougHubka
DougHubka

There is a point that f the Zoo sells alcohol, then they should know that things like this could happen. On the other hand, the Zoo did not pour booze down her throat.


It is a pretty idiotic idea to be selling alcohol when your primary consideration and mission is caring for the animals, the ones on two feet as well.,

Kedhrin Gonzalez
Kedhrin Gonzalez

the booze is so light and tiny at that event that theres no way she drank enough to get THAT drunk... she was probably drunk before she came in - or that extreme of a light weight, and in that case, fuck em.

Valerie Cates
Valerie Cates

Shes a dumbass, her mother should have swallowed, and the zoo should just keep on keepin' on.

Val Weitz
Val Weitz

I'm sure she doesn't want to live with the stigma of being labeled the drunkard who tried to climb in the elephant cage. However, instead of blameing the zoo or anyone else you possibly can, look in the mirror, take responsibility for your own actions and don't drink your self in to a sensless, selfish moron. As the saying goes... "you never go full retard".

Caroline McLatchie Harrison
Caroline McLatchie Harrison

Oh, and the no alcohol at the zoo thing? Why? If people can't control their alcohol intake, especially while out in public, they should consider abstaining. No one forced those drinks down that woman's throat.

Caroline McLatchie Harrison
Caroline McLatchie Harrison

Someone always looking to blame someone else for their own stupidity. I think it is moronic the zoo has to now put up signs telling people not to climb into the cages with the animals. Jeez

Amanda McGregor
Amanda McGregor

So every establishment that sells alcohol should be responsible for all the things drunk people do? Um, no. No one at the zoo forced her to drink to excess then climb about things. She made the choices, she suffers the consequence.

Jeff Yates
Jeff Yates

She was high on pot.Just wanted to go for a ride.

Ryan Knaub
Ryan Knaub

Not even a little, i can't stand when everyone suffers for one person's dumb mistake

Albert Martinez
Albert Martinez

In short no I don't agree...I think people should take responsibility for their own actions. What's next banning pot because some people can't control themselves? The world has to take some responsibility for the actions of the one person who can't control themselves? Right?

Sher Quintana
Sher Quintana

No alcohol at zoos for sure! But a more signage wont stop a drunk person!

Chad Hill
Chad Hill

lol, you know you want to see it too. I hope she is okay though.

Chad Hill
Chad Hill

I would need to see the video of exactly what happened in order to provide a fair and un-biased opinion of the issue.

Philo99
Philo99

What responsibility do dumb drunk people have for their own responsibility. 


There is nothing sadder than clueless idiots like bylagoon who try to pass responsibility off an everyone but the stupid idiots that get drunk and endanger themselves. Anyone dumb enough to walk into elephant cage should be move to the lions cage and used as chum.

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