Nothing good is going to come of a situation that involves being in a cage with a wild animal at the zoo. Nothing. 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 hurt by a captive wild beast.
These are 13 of the dumbest, most idiotic, and sometimes drunkest people to ever jump the fence at a zoo.
Man Loses Fight With Lion
In 1989, 32-year-old Australian man Ellie Quo decided to seek out a martial arts matchup that would test his skills in kung fu. Told by his instructor that he had reached a level in his training where "you can kill wild animals with your bare hands," the student decided to follow his instructor’s words to the letter and sought a fight with a lion at the Melbourne Zoo.
In the middle of the night, he snuck into the zoo and scaled the lion enclosure. The next morning, zookeepers found Quo’s fists of fury – and nothing more – in the lions’ enclosure.
Two Men Mauled While Trying to Honor Tiger
Prakesh Tiwari and Suresh Rai decided to visit Shiva, a 13-year-old Bengal Tiger at the Calcutta Zoo, in the course of their New Year’s festivities in 1996. They crossed the moat surrounding his enclosure to present him with a marigold garland.
Not surprisingly, Shiva attacked Rai as he threw the garland around the tiger's neck. Tiwari intervened by kicking the tiger in the face. Tiwari was killed in the attack; Rai survived.
Man Savaged By Monkeys Trying To Retrieve Cell Phone
In 2007, Zheng Dong was taking pictures of macaque monkeys at the Fuzhou Zoo in China when one of the monkeys snatched his phone. Zheng jumped the fence to retrieve the phone. Three of the monkeys surrounded him and scratched at him until several zookeepers came to his rescue and removed him from the cage.
While Dong made it out alive, his phone was chewed up beyond repair. Instead of thanking the zookeepers profusely for saving him from being eaten by a bunch of monkeys, he sought compensation from the zoo for a new phone.
Drunk Woman Loses Fingers To Bears
In March 2010, Tracy Weiler, her boyfriend, and her three-year-old visited the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, IL. Once there, Weiler approached the Asiatic black bear enclosure and reached out towards the bear – who promptly bit off her fingers. Tests taken after the incident showed she was drunk.