A girl was seen climbing over a barrier at the Bronx Zoo’s lion exhibit, witnesses completely informed NBC New York, as mobile phone video confirmed her holding roses and tossing $100 payments towards the fearsome feline.
The incident occurred round 4 p.m. Thursday, in response to the zoo. The girl in a blond wig, crimson gown and leopard-print scarf addressed the animal from about 15 away as if it had been a long-lost buddy, witnesses mentioned. She carried flowers and threw what gave the impression to be money into the air at one level.
“I missed him so much,” the lady is heard saying on video.
The girl whose husband recorded the cellphone footage informed Information 4 that the obvious lion lover mentioned “King, I love you, I came back for you,” including that witnessing the wild stunt was “was definitely surreal.”
A spokesperson for the Bronx Zoo mentioned that onlookers alerted employees concerning the girl, however she was gone by the point they obtained there. The zoo mentioned she was on the opposite aspect of a protecting moat separating the enclosure from the viewing public, and that she was not in any hazard.
“The woman did not enter the exhibit and was never in the same space as the lions which are separated from zoo visitors by a wide moat,” the zoo mentioned in an announcement. “The incident lasted only a couple of minutes and the woman was gone when staff arrived on scene. The zoo intends to prosecute the woman for criminal trespass if she is identified.”
However those that go to the zoo typically had been nonetheless alarmed.
“They definitely need better security. If she’s able to do that a second time, there’s no telling what’ll happen the third time. She might not be so lucky,” mentioned Leo Morales.
If the weird state of affairs appears acquainted, that is as a result of it’s. In 2019, a girl named Myah Autrey went to the exact same enclosure — mainly to the very same spot — and appeared to seemingly taunt the lions, elevating her arms and wiggling her physique for a second as if she was dancing for them. The lion did not react, simply stared at her.
The girl who witnessed Thursday’s incident mentioned that primarily based off Autry’s Instagram web page, the place she is sporting blond hair, it seems to be the identical girl.
“I can’t believe she did it again, if it even is her. I don’t know what’s going through people’s minds,” mentioned Belmont resident Raul Rivera.
Autry was charged with legal trespass after her final misadventure, the place she did not simply restrict herself to only teasing the king of the jungle. One other video of her surfaced from the giraffe den, the place she’s seen waving to the lanky ungulates as they munched on leaves additional away.
After 2019’s incidents, Autry mentioned in a rambling, 15-minute session outdoors a courthouse that her reasoning for leaping into the lion’s den was “a lot more spiritual” and that she was by no means afraid whereas she was in there.
“I fear nobody. No animal, no human, no one. 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,” Autry mentioned, and later referenced “reincarnation.”