Woman Climbs Into Exhibit at Bronx Zoo and Taunts Lion WATCH: [VIDEO]
A woman climbed over a visitor safety barrier at the Bronx Zoo’s African lion exhibit over the weekend, much to the surprise of everyone, including the lions.
The amazing and quite unbelievable video (BELOW) shows a woman standing beyond the visitors safety barrier at the Bronx Zoo lion exhibit, looking directly at the lion as she seemingly dances and talks to it.
I do not know what kind of meds she is supposed to be or not supposed to be on, but a physician of some sort needs to intervene here.
Video posted to Instagram shows a woman in a T-shirt and pants standing what appears to be just feet away from a male lion. They stare at each other for a brief period of time. Then she seems to almost taunt it, raising her arms and wiggling her body for a second as if she’s dancing.
Hernán Reynoso, the man who captured the video, told News 4 he had been at the zoo with his wife and son. He was recording on his phone and his wife said, “Look at that!”
Reynoso turned. At first, he says he thought it was just part of the exhibit. “But when I see … she just was there, dancing, saying, ‘Hi,’ to the lion and everything and that was crazy,” Reynoso said. He also said the lion started to get agitated at one point and roared; that was when he grabbed his family and left.
The lion just stares. Just like me when I first watched. The animal thankfully did not do anything to hurt the woman, who the NYPD is now looking for. NBC New York’s Marc Santia reports.
She is lucky there where no cubs around! Of course they were eliminated from the playoffs. Wait – what? … Oh yeah, wrong crazy sportsfan, she would be for the Mets or Yankees. Still though, if the lions had small ones there, the woman might have not made it out of Instagram.
The Bronx Zoo confirmed the incident in a statement, telling News 4 its staff got a report that someone had climbed over the barrier on Saturday.
“This action was a serious violation and unlawful trespass that could have resulted in serious injury or death. Barriers and rules are in place to keep both visitors, staff and animals safe,” the zoo told News 4 Tuesday. “We have a zero tolerance policy on trespass and violation of barriers.”