Nothing good is going to come of a situation that involves being in a cage with a wild animal at the zoo. And yet, people keep putting themselves in situations where — despite warnings from the zoo and others around them — they come face-to-face with lions, tigers, and bears. Some of these people were taken out by a caged animal; others were merely assaulted by a captive wild beast.
These are the tales of the outlandish and sometimes most inebriated people to ever jump the fence at a zoo.
Chilean zoo officials had to shoot and claim the lives of two lions after a man removed his clothes and climbed into their enclosure. According to onlookers, he was taunting the cats and chanting “very apocalyptic, very religious” proverbs.
Officials later found what they thought was a note with his clothes, but the paper mostly had very Christian messaging and drawings of lions. Officials were forced to slay the lions in order to save him. Crowds watched as the two cats were shot.
An intoxicated woman at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska, got her hand bitten by a tiger when she disobeyed zoo rules and reached into its cage to give it a pet on Halloween night in 2015. The 18-year-old Malayan tiger bit the 33-year-old's hand, and the woman was rushed to the hospital.
A 32-year-old man wandered into the bear enclosure at the Warsaw Zoo in May 2015, and he got into a fight with a female bear named Sabina. Witnesses found blood around the enclosure and alerted police, who had to rescue the shoeless, shorts-wearing man from the cage.
He managed to survive the fight with only a bite to the arm and a fine for "provoking the animal into aggression."
In 1989, 32-year-old Australian man Ellie Quo reportedly decided to seek out a martial arts matchup that would test his skills in Kung Fu. He decided to challenge a lion at the Melbourne Zoo to a duel — a duel that he promptly lost
In the middle of the night, he snuck into the zoo and scaled the lion enclosure. Whatever fight ensued, Quo perished as a result.