A reckless woman was caught on camera crossing the fence to enter the lion enclosure and taunt the beast that was located just feet away from her.
The incident occurred at the Bronx Zoo in NYC where an unidentified woman climbed the protective fence and walked into the beast’s enclosure.
While the lion was staring at the woman, she was taunting it by making weird sounds and hand gestures.
Despite a deep trench preventing the lion from attacking her, the woman put herself in tremendous danger as things could easily spiral out of control if she slipped and fell down.
In addition, she put the animal’s well-being at risk, as the lion would probably get put down if it managed to get ahold of the woman.
The heart-stopping footage was shared on social media by an Instagram user known as Real Sobrino who couldn’t believe his eyes when he saw the woman taunting the lion.
“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,” one viewer commented after the video went viral.
“What an ignorant person. They would’ve shot the lion to save her dumb ass I’m glad the lion survived this idiot human behavior,” another one added.
Following the video going viral, Bronx Zoo spoke out to NBC News and called the incident “a serious violation and unlawful trespass.”
“This action was a serious violation and unlawful trespass that could have resulted in serious injury or death,” they wrote.
“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.”
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