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A mother in Uzbekistan is being investigated for attempted murder after dropping her 3-year-old daughter into a zoo’s bear pit.
Heartbreaking footage shows the moment the child plunged into the pit 16 feet below, appearing to hit her head. The bear scuttles down to investigate what just landed in his home as patrons of the zoo gather to watch the horrifying scene.
Luckily, zoo workers were able to lure the bear, named Zuzu, away from the child and rescued her. She suffered a concussion as well as some cuts and scrapes, but the mother is facing some serious jail time, around 15 years, if she’s found guilty of attempting to murder her daughter.
Watch the footage: (** Distressing content warning)
“A young woman threw a little girl down into a brown bear’s enclosure, in front of all the visitors. It was completely unclear what her motive was,” announced a spokesperson for the zoo regarding the incident.
“Both the visitors and the staff of the zoo were trying to stop her but failed,” they said. “We are scared to even think how this would end if the bear were to react at the toddler as its prey.”
They were also clear on what actions the bear took once the child entered its enclosure.
“Zuzu got slowly stood up, slowly got down the trench, walked towards the girl, sniffed her and walked back.”
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