COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Zoos are home to some of nature's party animals, but one South Carolina zoo is looking to keep out some unwelcome partier of another kind.
The State of Columbia reports Tuesday that Riverbanks Zoo officials are fencing off part of one parking lot to keep people who often party on a nearby river from coming near the zoo.
People often park at zoo lots and walk down to the Saluda River. But this summer, dogs belonging to somebody in the river crowd dug under fences and terrorized zoo animals, killing two birds. Last month, after a nighttime event for zoo members, two drunk men wandered up from the river and accosted a group leaving the zoo.
Officials hope the river parties will be more manageable when a riverfront trail around the zoo is complete.