Woman Caught Climbing Over Safety Barrier Into Zoo Enclosure To Taunt The Lions

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in News, Weird
Published 02.10.19

The moment a woman climbed into a lion enclosure in a Bronx zoo to taunt the big cats was caught on film and it’s bizarre…

You’ve got to wonder what kind of headspace certain people are in when they go for moves like this.

The thought must have occurred to her that she could well get injured, taunting the animal famed for it’s topping of it’s respective food-chain and courage, and yet she still went for it.


The footage was captured by Hernán Reynoso when he was visiting the Bronx Zoo’s African lion exhibit over the weekend with his wife and son. As he told News 4, his wife pointed the incident out to him, with him first assuming it was part of the exhibit:

But when I see … she just was there, dancing, saying, ‘Hi,’ to the lion and everything and that was crazy.


Reynoso uploaded the video in three parts to his Instagram, where they promptly went viral.

He went on to say that eventually, the lion got angry and began to roar; that’s when he, his wife, and son got out of there.


Meanwhile NYPD Detective Sophia Mason told CNN said that authorities were not called to the scene and no arrests were made, despite The Bronx Zoo filing a complaint for criminal trespass.


A spokesperson for the zoo said:

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.

Neither the woman, not the lion were harmed.

Do lions eat humans?

After a lion killed a 29-year-old woman during a South African safari in 2015, Mary Bates explained to the National Geographic that lions are indeed highly adept hunters and given the chance, would consider humans prey.


Luke Dollar, a conservation scientist who directs the National Geographic Society’s Big Cats Initiative, went on:

Almost any organism around lions might be a potential prey item, and for people to think that they are an exception is folly.

I would imagine that every other primate that co-exists with big cats is acutely aware of the position they hold relative to the top predators of the world.

It seems like the unnamed woman was extremely lucky to get away unscathed.

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