A woman climbed into the the Bronx Zoo’s African lion exhibit on Saturday, and the entire bizarre situation was caught on video and posted online.
The video posted to Instagram showed a woman standing not far from a male lion. For a few moments, they both stared at each other, but then it seemed as if the woman wanted to tease the animal and raised her arms while wiggling her body as if she were dancing. The lion stared at her.
According to NbcNews, Herman Reynoso had been at the zoo with his wife and son when he captured the encounter on video. At first he thought the woman was part of the exhibit. The lion became agitated at one point and roared. Reynoso grabbed his son and wife and left the exhibit.
The zoo confirmed the bizarre incident after a staff member at the zoo reported the incident.
“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. We have a zero tolerance policy on trespass and violation of barriers,” the zoo stated.
Perhaps fortunate for the woman, there is a moat that separated the lion from her and more than likely prevented the lion from attacking.
The woman was escorted out of the park; fortunately there were no injuries. She faces criminal trespassing charges.
The lion exhibit remains open.
(Video and photos via Herman Reynoso Instagram)
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