Also Read: 23,000 mice euthanised in 2020 by Rutgers University, reveal leaked documents Two years ago, Autry was charged with trespassing near the lion exhibit and taunting the animals at the Bronx Zoo. The woman has done it again. She is wanted for the same act done last week, said New York City police.
In a cellphone video, which has been obtained by WNBC-TV, a woman can be seen wearing a red dress and leopard-print shawl. The woman is standing across a moat from a lion. She is trying to talk to it while holding roses and tossing money.
The police have sought the public’s help on Friday night in locating Autry. She is accused of trespassing in a fenced-in area near the lion exhibit on Thursday, said authorities.
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In a statement, a zoo 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 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,” the spokesperson added.
(With inputs from agencies)
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