By Andrea Romano
October 02, 2019

A woman was captured on video jumping into a lion enclosure at the Bronx Zoo on Saturday. Now, the New York City zoo is speaking out about how she put herself and other patrons in danger.

Before you get any ideas, it’s almost never recommended to approach wildlife, regardless of where you are — whether it’s at the zoo or in a national park. In this case, even though the lions may seem docile, they are still wild animals with wild instincts.

According to the Washington Post, the woman posted a video of herself jumping into the enclosure on her Instagram account on Sunday.

In the video, the woman says that she “wants to get closer” and climbs over a barrier in order to approach a male lion. She continuously waves at it and you can tell she’s saying something to the animal, though it can’t clearly be heard.

The woman captioned her video, “I REALLY HAVE NO FEAR OF NOTHING BREATHING.”

Luckily, the lion only seems to take a few steps closer to the woman and stares at her and other zoo patrons. According to CNN, no one was hurt in the encounter and no one even called 911. NYPD detective Sophia Mason told CNN that no arrests were made and police were only notified of the incident on Tuesday.

Along with this video, other zoo patrons who were in the area also posted footage of her encounter.

It’s unclear how the woman ended up leaving the enclosure, according to the Washington Post. The Bronx Zoo has fairly low barriers, so it’s likely she simply climbed back out of the enclosure. For this very reason, the zoo is concerned that this will lead to more and equally dangerous incidents in the future.

“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,” the zoo said in a statement to CNN. “This action was a serious violation and unlawful trespass that could have resulted in serious injury or death.”

If there is ever a time to remind yourself to “not try this at home,” now would be it.

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