Woman climbed into Bronx Zoo exhibit to taunt lion

You’ve heard of swimming with the sharks, but what about dancing with the lions?

That’s what one woman did Saturday at New York City’s Bronx Zoo when she climbed over the safety rail at the African lion exhibit.

The unidentified woman was filmed standing in the exhibit near a lion with only a moat with a 14-foot drop separating them, according to CBS New York.

The woman appears to dance for the lion, who doesn’t appear to be impressed, based on this Instagram video of the incident.

 

Hernán Reynoso, who filmed the video above, told WNBC TV that at first he thought the woman and her dancing were all part of the exhibit.

That quickly changed.

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

Reynoso also said when he saw the lion start to get agitated and roar at the woman, he decided to grab his family and leave the scene.

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An Eastern Hellbender salamander swims in its enclosure at the Bronx Zoo in New York, U.S., April 18, 2017. Picture taken April 18, 2017.

(Julie Larsen Maher/Handout via Reuters)

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 25: Amur tiger seen at the Bronx Zoo on January 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 25: Seal seen at the Bronx Zoo on January 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 25: Peacock seen at the Bronx Zoo on January 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 15: Red panda seen at Bronx Zoo on December 15, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
An emerald tree boa swallows ints meal at the reptile house in the Bronx Zoo. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
The winter is a special time to visit the Bronx Zoo. Many of the animals are more active and seem to prefer the cold weather, and the usual crowds are long gone. Often, when it is raining or snowing, it is possible to be one of only a handful of visitors to the large park that is the zoo. (Photo by Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 15: Mallard ducks seen at Bronx Zoo on December 15, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/WireImage)
A female Baringo giraffe calf born this month at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo stays close to her mother in the Carter Giraffe Building at the Bronx Zoo, in New York in this handout photo received by Reuters March 22, 2012. The calf will be making its debut in the zoo's African Plains in about one week. The calf was approximately 6 feet tall and over 100 pounds at birth. As an adult, she could eventually grow to 16 feet and weigh 2,600 pounds. REUTERS/Wildlife Conservation Society/Julie Larsen Maher/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANIMALS) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
Zeff, a 300 pound, 11 year old Amur tiger, moves in her new habitat, called Tiger Mountain, at the Bronx Zoo in New York, May 14, 2003. The three acre habitat holds eight tigers and brings zoo visitors face-to-face with the big cats, as they look through especially thick glass for their protection. Picture taken May 14, 2003. REUTERS/Chip East CME/HB
Head wildlife keeper Earl Piekarz prepares to feed a small flock of African ostriches at the Bronx Zoo in New York May 1. The feeding took place at a preview of the zoo's new "Big Birds" exhibit which will open May 3. The ostrich is the largest living bird in the world. USA
Baby gorillas twins make their public debut at the Bronx Zoo July 13. The male lowland gorilla twins, as yet unnamed, were born August 8, 1994 from a match made in Special Survival Plan between Pattyacke of New York and Timmy of Cleveland
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Bronx Zoo officials told WABC TV that there were no injuries from the encounter, but that it has a “zero-tolerance policy” for antics of this sort.

“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,” the zoo said in a statement.

The woman has not been identified, but the zoo is currently filing a criminal trespass report against her, the station said.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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