Woman entered Bronx Zoo lion enclosure with flowers, tossing $100 bills. Again

Originally published at: Woman entered Bronx Zoo lion enclosure with flowers, tossing $100 bills. Again. | Boing Boing

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One of the many things the pandemic robbed me of in 2020 was my regular yearly treat of news stories about lunatics entering zoo enclosures to commune with dangerous wild animals. I am therefore heartened to see this piece coming in under the wire as 2021 closes out.

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It’s really starting to gear up, shits and giggles crew are out to make it happen. /s

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She could at least have thrown steaks. Did she expect the lion to go out shopping?

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Raining Benjamins on a lion like it’s a high-class stripper is certainly some kind of statement.

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If she really loved him she would have love tapped his butt.

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“Should there be better security.”

No. There is the moat to keep the people and animals separate. The whole point of those types of exhibits is to make the viewer and the animals seem to be on the same "field’ so to speak. more invasive barriers would ruin it.

That and would it stop a determined person? No, they would just need to wear bike shorts under their dress to scale a fence. If you did make a fence that would hinder people climbing it, with say razor wire at the top, then again, you destroy the whole aesthetic.

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But “better security” doesn’t have to mean “invasive barriers”.

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Maybe they could employ the services of an intimidating guard animal like a doberman or a cane corso to dissuade any would-be trespassers from entering the enclosure.

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Given how my 12 pound cat dominates my 140 pound black lab I don’t think guard dogs would do much good unless the lion gets hungry. Just change the rules so the lion doesn’t get penalized when it decides to toy with (or eat) a unwanted guest.

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Does she have any more of those hundred dollar bills? I might be able to scare up a lion suit…er, I mean, asking for a friend.

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True, but like, what does one suggest? Does the current system keep all of the people out of the line enclosure? Yes. Ok, then it works.

Has it kept the same woman from climbing over a short fence to stand closer to the lions and do some weird things for what I assume is for the likes? No, but also she didn’t cause any harm.

I’d go ahead and ban someone who wants to endanger herself and the animals, but not sure how well they are set up to do that.

Ah yes, a barrier of dobermans straining 6 foot leashes, each set 13 feet apart. And then if a laser beam is tripped, the leashes come loose and one can hear Mr Burns shout, “Release the hounds!”

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she was gone by the time they got there

Of course she was gone! Those lions don’t hang around. They can eat real fast. Don’t chew anything. It’s why they sit around for days afterwards with indigestion.

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To quote @Tamsin_Bailey, any zoo is a petting zoo if you’re brave enough.

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Is this art? I don’t have any formal education past high school, so sometimes I have trouble identifying art.

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If you think it’s art, then it is. If you don’t, then it’s not to you…

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She sure did a good impression of a white woman.

I’m voting sharks with frickin’ lasers on their heads.

But seriously… I know we’re not supposed to discuss someone’s purported mental health here on BB, but this is well beyond the pale.

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I hope she had some appropriate pride afterward.

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