The woman who climbed into the the Bronx Zoo’s African lion exhibit last month was taken into custody on Wednesday. Myah Autry, 30, has been charged with two counts of criminal trespassing.
The entire bizarre situation was caught on video and posted to Instagram. It 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 taunt the lion as she raised her arms and wiggled her body as if she were dancing. The lion stared at her. At one point the animal became agitated and roared.
Autry called detectives ahead of her arrest to say she would surrender. According to NbcNews, the woman posted the same message to her Instagram account. In a previous interview, Autry said her reason to enter the lion enclosure was a “spiritual” experience.
“So no, I wasn’t fearing of the lion because the lion loved me. That’s why he came to me and I let the lion know; Lion I love you…
I am the lion now. Can’t you tell? Have you ever heard of reincarnation?… I am the lion now.”
On the same day, Autry was also accused of entering a giraffe enclosure.
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