A visit to the zoo can be a fascinating experience for certain individuals. While visitors are only allowed to watch wild animals inside enclosures from a safe distance, there are some who often try to get close, even if they have to put their life at stake.
That’s exactly what a foolhardy woman did at New York’s Bronx Zoo. Hellbent on getting close to an animal, she climbed the enclosure barrier for an up-close and face to face experience. However, the animal was not one that can be cuddled. It was a fully-grown lion.
The shocking incident was captured on camera by zoo visitor Real Sobrino and later shared on Instagram. “Watch the video until the end you will not believe what happened next!” Sobrino wrote.
In just three days, the video has over 24,000 views. It has also been shared on Facebook and Twitter.
The unnamed woman can be seen waving and making funny gestures to the lion, who appears to be a little gobsmacked by the unexpected trespass. According to eyewitnesses, she even tried taunting the animal for a while. Luckily, she wasn’t attacked as the lion just stood there stunned.
After the video went viral, social media users said they couldn’t believe the woman’s actions. Some even called her an ‘idiot’ for risking her life.
One user wrote, “What an ignorant person. They would’ve shot the lion to save her dumb ass I’m glad the lion survived this idiot human behaviour.”
“Absolute idiot. What I’m upset about is if the lion did anything to her, he’d probably be put down. What a selfish and stupid thing to do,” wrote another.
The Bronx zoo released a statement saying the woman’s action was a serious violation which could’ve resulted in injury or death.
“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,” Bronx Zoo said in a statement.