WATCH: Woman climbs into lion enclosure to taunt it

Woman taunts lion. (PHOTO: Screenshot/Instagram)
Woman taunts lion. (PHOTO: Screenshot/Instagram)

A woman visiting the Bronx Zoo in New York over the weekend risked her life when she climbed into a lion enclosure to taunt the animal.

A video of the reckless act was posted on Instagram. The woman can be seen dancing and waving her hands in front of the large male lion, CBS news reports.

Other zoo-goers can be heard in the background questioning her actions, PEOPLE reports.

According to a statement released by the zoo, staff members were alerted to the news that someone had climbed over the safety barrier at the African Lion Exhibit on Saturday.

“This action was a serious violation and unlawful trespass that could’ve resulted in serious injury or death,” the statement read.

“Barriers and rules are in place to keep both visitors, staff and animals safe. We have a zero tolerance policy on trespassing and violation of barriers.”

The New York Police Department is currently investigating a report of criminal trespassing, NBC news reports.

The zoo and lion exhibit remained open after the incident.

Sources: CBS news, PEOPLE, NBC news

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