On Tuesday a man visiting the Los Angeles Zoo snuck over an enclosure and spanked a hippo, Rosie, on her butt.
Yes, you read that right. Check it out.
— SomethingToLaughAt (@SomeToLaughAt) August 7, 2018
Motivations behind the incident are unclear (I’m betting there was money at stake), but the Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the prank.
The LAPD is searching for the man in the video. While they cannot charge him for animal cruelty as the hippo was not harmed, they want to take him in for trespassing.
Contrary to popular belief, hippos are extremely dangerous. In fact, in Africa they kill more people than lions, leopards, buffaloes, and rhinos — combined.
Because of this, the LA Zoo has put up “no trespassing” signs around the hippo enclosure and has stated that “their space must be respected at all times.”
Some people are appalled at the man’s behavior.
it's not about whether or not he hurt the animal, this is trespassing and it's illegal to cross barriers like this at the zoo.
— beefy (@picantebeefbaby) August 14, 2018
What is wrong with people? SMH.
— Beautifully_bruised (@Etherfire) August 15, 2018
Why would someone do that? Why laugh? Something needs to be done! How dare he do that!
— Nicole Lunghi (@lunghi_nicole) August 15, 2018
He jumped over a barricade at a fucking zoo and engaged a wild animal. It’s a big deal and this idiot deserves what’s coming to him.
— Cyrus Saatsaz (@DogSurfRoadshow) August 15, 2018
Press charges/ban the pair of idiots from the zoo. The man & the stupid lady behind the camera should also face charges. She was definitely well aware of his intentions & made no effort to stop him. If he was hurt then she would be crying & asking for money
— Hothead505 (@Hothead505) August 15, 2018
Bold??? Don’t u mean Stupid?!?!?
— Neptune's daughter♓ (@Luvdemgiants) August 15, 2018
This is inappropriate. We should not be smacking anyone no matter if it is a hippo. The only time we should be smacking hippos is in the game “Hungry Hippos.” Thank you for your time ❤️ #positiveparrot
— The Positive Parrot (@positiveparrot3) August 15, 2018
But others can’t help but giggle a bit.
He's charged with sexual hippopotamassault.
— Dave Colwell (@DaveColwell1) August 14, 2018
That hippo needs justice! The only justice is to slap him back! pic.twitter.com/ExhvwOOtlr
— sean amos (@seanamosn) August 15, 2018
He like big butts and he can't deny.
— Davidlmartin (@davemshaw93) August 15, 2018
this is a definite hippo violation https://t.co/SSFe5670Q4
— Ariel Edwards-Levy (@aedwardslevy) August 14, 2018