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.
Woman Thinks She's A Crocodile Whisperer
A woman visiting the zoo in Monterrey, Mexico, hopped the wall into a crocodile enclosure. Approaching the animal, onlookers called out to her in alarm but she laughed them off, until the animal lunged at her. She slipped and fell, which could have ended her life. Luckily for her, however, the crocodile wasn't feeling up to confronting her, and it let her scramble up back to safety.
Man Who Wanted To Pet The Polar Bears Caused A Rubber Bullet Shootout
A Denmark man decided to spend some up-close-and-personal time with the polar bears at the zoo in Copenhagen. He jumped into the enclosure where one of the bears promptly stepped on him. Even this didn't deter the man, though: he reportedly went up to the bear, sniffing and pushing the creature.
Thankfully, zoo employees with rubber bullets showed up and the man was rescued.
Two Tourists Risked Confronting A Tiger To Avoid An Entrance Fee
In May of 2018, two tourists scaled a fence at a zoo in Changsha, China. Their reasoning? They wanted to avoid paying an entrance fee. At the safari-themed zoo, wild animals often roam the grounds freely and visitors observe through the safety of a bus. While no animals were roaming when the pair scaled the fence, they were frighteningly close to an enclosure containing several tigers.
If a tour bus had gone by, this would have caused the gate to open — leaving the men susceptible to a mauling.