Two-year-old hospitalized after stumbling into Florida zoo rhino exhibit

A two-year-old was hospitalized on Tuesday after stumbling into the rhino exhibit at a Florida zoo.

Brevard Zoo, located in Melbourne, Florida, said in a press release on New Year's Day that "a young guest entered the rhinoceros yard and was injured" during the zoo's hands-on Rhino Encounter with southern white rhinoceros. The participant area for the encounter is at ground level and the child fell through steel bars that separate participants and the animals.

The child's injuries were not specified and her condition is unknown.

The Brevard County Fire Rescue confirmed on Twitter that the child was flown to Arnold Palmer Children's Hospital in Orlando, about 57 miles away. The child's mother was ground transported to Orlando Regional Medical Center with a non-critical injury to the arm and has been released.

According to the press release, witnesses saw the child stumble into the exhibit. The snout, the area below the horn, of at least one of the animals "made contact with the child." A statement from the zoo said the child was "retrieved in a matter of seconds." The rhinos welfare was never compromised and the zoo said the rhino "will not be 'punished' in any way."

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Giant Panda Yang Yang holds a brush behind pictures it painted at Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria, August 10, 2018. One hundred of her works will be sold online for 490 euros each, to fund a picture book about the Vienna zoo's pandas. Picture taken August 10, 2018. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Panda Yang Yang, mother of one year old Fu Bao, munches a bamboo at the end of the visitors' hours at Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna on August 27, 2014. AFP PHOTO / JOE KLAMAR (Photo credit should read JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)
Giant Panda Yang Yang uses finger paint and a brush to create a picture at Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria, August 10, 2018. One hundred of her works will be sold online for 490 euros each, to fund a picture book about the Vienna zoo's pandas. Picture taken August 10, 2018. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader
*** VIDEO AVAILABLE *** VIENNA, AUSTRIA - 5 JANUARY: Five month old panda being picked up by their mother in Sch�nbrunn Zoo in Vienna Austria, 5 January 2017. Panda twins at Sch�nbrunn Zoo in Vienna will be five months old on Saturday. 'Their day consists of playing, being fed, exploring their surroundings and of course lots of sleeping. When they want to sleep, they both withdraw into their cosy tree hollow where they can`t be seen, says zoo director Dagmar Schratter. Mother Yang Yang always keeps a close eye on her young ones. This is really necessary as Fu Feng and Fu Ban explore their surroundings full of curiosity. They are now making their first attempts at climbing, play with a ball or gnaw playfully on bamboo canes. If they get too boisterous or when its time to be fed, Yan Yan will carry them by the scruff of the neck to a suitable place. The twins are suckled up to twice a day. The zoo is extremely pleased by their splendid development: Fu Ban, the young male weighs seven kilos, and his sister Fu Feng weighs more than nine kilos which is well above average for this age. PHOTOGRAPH BY ZooBorns / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read ZooBorns / Barcoft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Giant Panda Yang Yang uses finger paint and a brush to create a picture at Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria, August 10, 2018. One hundred of her works will be sold online for 490 euros each, to fund a picture book about the Vienna zoo's pandas. Picture taken August 10, 2018. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader
Giant Panda Yang Yang and its cub Fu Ban open parcels containing food on the twin cubs' second birthday at Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria, August 7, 2018. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader
Giant Panda Yang Yang holds a brush behind pictures it painted at Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria, August 10, 2018. One hundred of her works will be sold online for 490 euros each, to fund a picture book about the Vienna zoo's pandas. Picture taken August 10, 2018. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader
*** VIDEO AVAILABLE *** VIENNA, AUSTRIA - 5 JANUARY: Five month old twin pandas Fu Feng and Fu Ban playing in Sch�nbrunn Zoo in Vienna Austria, 5 January 2017. Panda twins at Sch�nbrunn Zoo in Vienna will be five months old on Saturday. 'Their day consists of playing, being fed, exploring their surroundings and of course lots of sleeping. When they want to sleep, they both withdraw into their cosy tree hollow where they can`t be seen, says zoo director Dagmar Schratter. Mother Yang Yang always keeps a close eye on her young ones. This is really necessary as Fu Feng and Fu Ban explore their surroundings full of curiosity. They are now making their first attempts at climbing, play with a ball or gnaw playfully on bamboo canes. If they get too boisterous or when its time to be fed, Yan Yan will carry them by the scruff of the neck to a suitable place. The twins are suckled up to twice a day. The zoo is extremely pleased by their splendid development: Fu Ban, the young male weighs seven kilos, and his sister Fu Feng weighs more than nine kilos which is well above average for this age. PHOTOGRAPH BY ZooBorns / Barcroft Images London-T:+44 207 033 1031 E:hello@barcroftmedia.com - New York-T:+1 212 796 2458 E:hello@barcroftusa.com - New Delhi-T:+91 11 4053 2429 E:hello@barcroftindia.com www.barcroftimages.com (Photo credit should read ZooBorns / Barcoft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
Giant Panda Yang Yang uses finger paint and a brush to create a picture at Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria, August 10, 2018. One hundred of her works will be sold online for 490 euros each, to fund a picture book about the Vienna zoo's pandas. Picture taken August 10, 2018. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader
VIENNA, AUSTRIA MARCH 09 : Fu Feng, the twin female panda (L), plays with her mother, Yang Yang (R) at Vienna Zoo, Vienna, Austria on March 09, 2017. Fu Feng is the most active of the twins and always tries to climb higher, as Fu Ban, the twin male, prefers to relax. (Photo by Omar Marques/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Giant Panda Yang Yang uses finger paint and a brush to create a picture at Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria, August 10, 2018. One hundred of her works will be sold online for 490 euros each, to fund a picture book about the Vienna zoo's pandas. Picture taken August 10, 2018. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader
VIENNA, AUSTRIA MARCH 09 : Fu Feng, the twin female panda (R), plays with her mother, Yang Yang (L) at Vienna Zoo, Vienna, Austria on March 09, 2017. Fu Feng is the most active of the twins and always tries to climb higher, as Fu Ban, the twin male, prefers to relax. (Photo by Omar Marques/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Female Panda Bear Yang Yang eats bamboo in the Vienna Zoo 19 March 2003 in Vienna. Yang Yang gave birth 23 August 2007 to the first Giant Panda Bear conceived naturally in captivity in Europe, versus the common artificial insemination of female Giant Panda Bears. According to the director of the zoo Dagmar Schratter, the parents of the bear Yang Yang and Long Hui 'live together in perfect harmony'. AFP PHOTO/DIETER NAGL (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)
A still image from a monitoring camera shows giant panda mother Yang Yang holding her newborn cub inside a birth box at Schoenbrunn zoo in Vienna, August 15, 2013. The panda cub, whose sex is not yet detectable, was born on August 14, measures some 10 cm (3.9 in) and weighs about 100 grams, the zoo reported. REUTERS/Tiergarten Schoenbrunn/Handout via REUTERS (AUSTRIA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT ANIMALS) ATTENTION EDITORS - FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. MANDATORY CREDIT
Giant Panda Yang Yang touches a snowman in her enclosure at Schoenbrunn zoo in Vienna, Austria February 2, 2017. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader
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The facility said that there have been no incidents in the daily rhino experience since the zoo began offering it in 2009.

Keith Winsten, the zoo's executive director, said in the release that the facility is suspending the experience until a thorough review is conducted. The zoo also said it is "actively participating in a standard investigation conducted by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission."

"Our number one concern is the safety and welfare of our guests and our hearts go out to the family," Winsten said. "Safety has always been of paramount importance to us and we are suspending these encounters until we have thoroughly reviewed our processes and procedures to ensure this cannot happen again."

Southern white rhinoceros, an endangered species, grow to be between 5 and 6 feet long and weigh between two and four tons. The zoo is home to four rhinoceros.

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