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Man cited for getting too close to Wisconsin zoo's elephant exhibit

The sheriff's office said the man was trying to impress his daughter.

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A man got too close to an elephant exhibit Wednesday afternoon at a Wisconsin zoo.

Officials at the Milwaukee County Zoo said a visitor climbed over a locked fenced area of the outdoor elephant exhibit.

"The visitor began to climb over a secondary fence but did not breach that barrier. The individual never shared space with two of the zoo's African elephants who were outside at the time," zoo officials said in a news release.

Deputies from the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office at the scene told sister station WISN that the 27-year-old man was sitting on one fence, dangling his legs into the exhibit.

The sheriff's office said the man was trying to impress his daughter.

Neither the man nor the elephants were hurt.

The sheriff's office said zoo officials held the man until they got there. He had been warned that the area was restricted.

Deputies escorted him off the property and cited him for trespassing.