*NYPD are on the hunt for Myah Autry, the woman who climbed into a lion enclosure at the Bronx Zoo on September 28, and was caught on video taunting the animal.
The zoo said Autry trespassed by climbing over a wall and into the enclosure, so a police report was filed and Autry is facing trespassing charges.
“This action was a serious violation and unlawful trespass that could have resulted in serious injury or death,” zoo officials said in a statement. “Barriers and rules are in place to keep both visitors, staff and animals safe,” the statement read. “We have a zero-tolerance policy on trespass and violation of barriers.”
Autry, 32, who calls herself Queen Empress Myáh Lareé Israelite online, was never actually in the lion’s space, as a deep moat that serves as a barrier separated them.
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“It was a hoax,” said Elizabeth Crittenden of Manhattan, a manager of opera singers. “The world thinks this woman jumped into the lion’s den because on the video, you can’t see the deep moat between them.
“So she played everybody,” Crittenden added. “It’s a half-truth, but once it goes online, it becomes a reality.”
Meanwhile, police officials are searching for Autry, and they have released a Wanted poster seeking a woman “who without permission or authority did enter the giraffe and lion fenced exhibit.”
As of Friday, Autry’s whereabouts were still unknown.
One video shows Autry smoking a marijuana blunt outside of the zoo and noting that she was going to “f*ck with mothe nature.” She also wrote in the caption: “I really have (no) fear of nothing breathing. Animals can feel love just like humans.”