The Woman Who Hopped In The Lion Exhibit For A Big Kitty Hangout Has Been Arrested

by Sarah Bregel
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Back in September, a video made waves around the internet because it was frightening and, well, utterly confounding at best.

The viral video was of a woman standing inside the lion exhibit at the Bronx Zoo, taunting a lion. The woman who was accused of sneaking into the lion and and also giraffe exhibits has now been identified and arrested, according to the the New York Police Department.

The 30-year-old woman who reportedly climbed over the enclosure at the zoo is Myah Autry. She was arrested Wednesday night and has been charged with two counts of criminal trespassing.

If you haven’t viewed the video, it’s still just as jaw-dropping a few months later.

Autry can be seen standing close to the lion, chatting to him like one would a large house cat. “I want to get closer to him,” you can hear her say in the video. She waves at him and says, “Baby! Hi, I love you!” She also does a little dance while onlookers gasp and say what a bad idea it seems like.

Officials from the Bronx Zoo released a statement that 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.”

The good news is that no one was injured during the incident, which is pretty amazing, actually. However, it’s important to keep in mind that lions aren’t cute, cuddly pets. They are wild animals — and probably, maybe you shouldn’t climb into their exhibits.

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