A woman visiting the Bronx Zoo in New York climbed into a lion enclosure and stood feet away from one of the wild animals, appearing to taunt it, according to video of the incident and the zoo.
Videos show the woman standing in front of the lion in the African lion exhibit before breaking into a little dance and waving. The lion stands almost motionless, staring at her.
The zoo confirmed the incident happened on Saturday, but did not identify the woman.
“This action was a serious violation and unlawful trespass that could have resulted in serious injury or death,” said a statement from the Bronx Zoo. “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.”