A woman climbed over a safety barrier at the lion exhibit at the Bronx Zoo Saturday, Sept. 28, and appeared to taunt a lion inside. The zoo said that incident could have resulted in her death.
“This action was a serious violation and unlawful trespass that could have resulted in serious injury or death,” the Bronx Zoo’s statement said. “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.”
Video of the woman’s reckless romp with a lion was posted on Instagram showing the woman waving and dancing before the large male lion as it stares at her from just feet away. A man can be heard asking her to come back as people outside the exhibit questioned why the unidentified woman was inside.
The woman’s identity is currently unknown.
The New York Police Department are investigating the incident after receiving a complaint report for criminal trespass. There have been no arrests at this time.