It wasn’t the rose ceremony for the Lion King. But a woman apparently jumped the barrier at the Bronx Zoo to visit her loving lion.
The woman, who was not identified, was dressed in a blonde wig, a tight red dress and an animal print wrap and was holding a bouquet of roses when she went over the barrier Thursday afternoon, NBC News reported.
She stood about 15 feet from the king of the beasts as she said, “I missed him so much” and “King, I love you. I came back for you,” WNBC reported.
At one point, she threw what appeared to be $100 into the air toward the big cat.
You can see the video on YouTube.
By the time zoo staff was able to get to the enclosure, the woman was gone. The zoo clarified that she did not get into the same space as the lion, but was on the other side of the protective moat that separates the lion from the zoo’s guests.
Zoo officials said the woman was not in danger, but will prosecute the woman for criminal trespass if she is identified, WNBC reported.
In 2019, a woman jumped over the same barrier and taunted the lions by raising her arms and dancing.
She was identified as Myah Autrey.
Some believe that the woman in this week’s incident is Autrey, based on photos from her Instagram page where she wears a similar blonde wig.
Autrey was charged with criminal trespass after the 2019 incident. She said that jumping into the enclosure was spiritual and she wasn’t afraid.
“I fear nobody. No animal, no human, no one. So no, I wasn’t fearing the lion because the lion loved me. That’s why he came to me and I let the lion know: Lion, I love you.” Autry said outside the courtroom after a 2019 appearance, WNBC reported.
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