A deranged woman dropped her 3-year-old daughter into a bear enclosure in Uzbekistan last week. The horrific incident unfolded on surveillance video.
The footage shows visitors trying to restrain the mother after she tossed her daughter into Zuzu’s enclosure.
The brown bear initially fled when the child landed in the trench. Zuzu eventually returned to the spot where the girl fell, sniffed the crying child, then walked away.
Zoo workers lured Zuzu away then rescued the girl. She was transported to a hospital and treated for a concussion and cuts and bruises.
The mother was arrested at the scene and charged with attempted murder.
“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,” a zoo spokeswoman said.
The spokesperson added, “Zuzu slowly stood up, slowly got down the trench, walked towards the girl, sniffed her, and walked back.”
“Both the visitors and the staff of the zoo were trying to stop her but failed. We are scared to even think how this would end if the bear were to react at the toddler as its prey.”