The woman who had sneaked into the lion and giraffe exhibits at the Bronx Zoo in September was arrested on Wednesday night, according to officials.
The 30-year-old woman, identified by the New York Police department (NYPD) as Myah Autry, was arrested and charged with two counts of criminal trespass.
Autry was arrested after she posted an update on Instagram saying she was going to Barclays Center and turn herself into the police. She also notified multiple news outlets before surrendering. Detectives went to the area she mentioned and arrested Autry, who was wearing an NYPD shirt, CNN reported.
Autry went viral after she shared videos of herself climbing over a wooden wall of an enclosure in the zoo and recklessly encountered a lion.
In the video, Autry can be seen dancing and waving, saying “Baby! Hi, I love you,” at a visibly stunned male lion which was standing a few feet away from her. She wasn’t bothered even as the lion took a few steps towards her.
Though the woman claimed that she had entered the enclosure with good intentions, Bronx Zoo officials were not amused by the video and argued that the lion could have seriously injured her though a moat separated the both.
“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. We have a zero tolerance policy on trespass and violation of barriers,” zoo officials said in a statement.
It is not known if Autry has hired an attorney yet.
She surrendered one week after she had appeared in a New Jersey courtroom after she was accused of stealing from a store in Kearny.
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