Woman Arrested in Connection With Entry Into Lion Enclosure at Bronx Zoo, Police Say
New YorkWire Service

Myah Autry has been charged with two counts of criminal trespassing.

The 32-year-old turned herself in on Nov. 6 for the Sept. 28 incident.

Myah Autry appeared alongside three officers the same day. She posted the photo—along with videos of her dancing in front of the lion—on her Instagram account.

Matthai, a 14-year-old male lion, was shot eight times after fatally mauling a worker at the Conservators Center in Caswell County, N.C., on Dec. 30, 2018. (Conservators Center)

Her friends told the newspaper that they feared for her mental health after they watched the videos of her and the lion.

Hernan Reynoso, who captured a video with Autry in it, told local media that he was at the zoo with his wife and son. His wife told him: “Look at that!”

That’s when he saw Autry inside the enclosure.

“But when I see … she just was there, dancing, saying, ‘Hi,’ to the lion and everything and that was crazy,” Reynoso said, adding that the lion began to get agitated and roared. He grabbed his family and left.

The Post reported that police were searching for her so they could cite her for trespassing.

Myah Autry
Myah Autry. (NYPD)

Police say Autry shared videos of herself on social media—climbing over a wooden fence at the zoo, then waving at the lion.

Investigators haven’t said how she was able to get over the safety-barrier to face the lion.

Autry is also accused of illegally entering the giraffe area.

She wasn’t hurt during the incident, nor were any animals.

But zoo officials say her actions were extremely dangerous.

Epoch Times Reporter Jack Phillips contributed to this report.

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