Woman jumps over barrier at Bronx Zoo lion exhibit and says, "King, I love you, I came back for you"

Woman jumps over barrier at Bronx Zoo lion exhibit and says, "King, I love you, I came back for you"

The woman's husband captured the stunt and said it "was definitely surreal."

A woman forced her way into the lion exhibit at the Bronx Zoo and was seen putting on a bizarre show for the ferocious creatures as they stood about 15 feet away from her.

With a leopard-print shawl paired up with her red dress, the woman stood in a blond wig and addressed the lion as if she had a close personal relationship with the animal. At one point, the woman even pulled out bouquets of roses and waved them in the lion's direction.

"I missed him so much," the woman was heard saying in the captured video.

She even flung some cash around and tossed a few bills in the air during her stunt on Thursday, November 11, 2021.


According to NBC New York, it was the woman's husband, who captured the bizarre scene on his cellphone.

"King, I love you, I came back for you," the husband quoted his wife's words to the lion. He also said watching his wife perform the stunt "was definitely surreal."

At the time of the incident, witnesses at the zoo informed the staff about what was going on in the lion exhibit. However, by the time the staff members arrived at the scene, the woman had vanished.

A spokesperson for the zoo revealed that the woman was separated from the lions by a protective moat and said she was not in direct danger.

"Video shows she crossed a barrier into a planted area near the exhibit. The woman was not in the exhibit as has been falsely reported and she was never in the same space as the lions," the spokesperson said.


"This situation involves one individual who is determined to harass our lions with no regard for her safety, or the safety of our staff and our guests, and no regard for the well-being of the lions," the spokesperson continued. "We have an NYPD substation in the park and are working closely with them to resolve this situation with this individual. The Bronx Zoo has a zero-tolerance policy in matters such as this and will aggressively seek prosecution against this individual and anyone who violates park safety rules."

It was also reported that a similar incident took place in 2019, where a woman identified as Myah Autry climbed over the barrier and taunted a lion. The woman danced for the lion and claimed the animal loved her before getting arrested on two counts of criminal trespassing.

Some witnesses claim that Myah looks like the very same woman, who was captured at the lion exhibit in the red dress on Thursday.


Back when Myah was arrested for the 2019 incident, she rambled outside a courthouse and said, "I fear nobody. No animal, no human, no one. So no, I wasn’t fearing of the lion because the lion loved me. That’s why he came to me and I let the lion know: Lion, I love you."

Following the recent incident where the woman in the red dress climbed over the barrier, zoo visitors are left startled and are worried she might do it again. One visitor, Leo Morales, said, "They definitely need better security. If she's able to do that a second time, there's no telling what'll happen the third time. She might not be so lucky."



Cover image source: NBC New York/YouTube 

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