A 2-year-old fell into a cheetah exhibit at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Saturday after his parents reportedly held him over the railing.
“Unfortunately we have a number of eyewitness accounts that point to the strong likelihood that the child was dangled over the railing,” the zoo’s executive director, Dr. Christopher Kuhar, told an ABC affiliate. A fire department official said the mother was seen holding two children at the time of the accident.
The zoo is considering filing child endangerment charges against the parents, CNN reports.
While the toddler suffered leg injuries following the 10- to 12-foot fall, the cheetahs made no attempt to come in contact with either the boy or parents, who entered the cheetah pit after he fell.
“I think they were just curious as to what was going on and why somebody was in the pen with them because it’s not every day that somebody is just in the pen with them,” zoo visitor Terra Lurie told a local NBC affiliate.