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Woman Who Taunted Lion At Bronx Zoo Has Been Identified

By Parker Diakite

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The woman who went viral after jumping into a lion’s den at the Bronx Zoo has been identified and public safety officials are asking for help in tracking her down.

New York Police Department confirmed with CNN that Myah Autry shared videos of herself climbing over the fence last week, before waving and dancing once inside near the cats.

“I want to get closer to him,” the woman says in the video as she climbs over into their lair. “Baby! Hi, I love you!” she added as she waved before later breaking into a dance.

According to police, Autry also illegally entered the giraffe area at the Bronx Zoo the week before.

“We appreciate everyone’s concern regarding the Bronx Zoo lions,” Bronx Zoo Officials said on Twitter. “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.”

Zoo officials added, “We have a zero-tolerance policy on trespass and violation of barriers and are taking appropriate steps to address this incident.”


Neither the woman nor the lion were injured in the incident.

Autry is wanted for criminal trespass, according to the New York Police Department.

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