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Woman Hops Zoo Barrier To Feed Lions

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A lion is photographed in the zoo. (credit:  LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)

A lion is photographed in the zoo. (credit: LUIS ROBAYO/AFP/Getty Images)

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MEMPHIS, TN (CBS Charlotte) – A woman at the Memphis Zoo jumped the barrier to feed the lions cookies.

WMC-TV reports this is the woman’s second incident at the zoo.

“Last week she was noticed by our security staff throwing objects into the lion exhibit; at that time she was asked to leave the zoo,” Memphis Zoo spokesperson Abbey Dane told the station.

Witnesses contacted zoo security when they saw the woman. The only thing that separated her from the lions was wire.

“She was singing some song that was telling how much she missed them,” witness Michelle Beasley told WMC. “It was bizarre. I’ve never seen someone singing to a lion. It was really loud.”

In both instances the woman was trying to feed the lions cookies, according to Dane.

“She was coming back, and she crawled up on it again and was leaving forward,” Beasley added.

The finally caught after someone called the zoo’s hotline number for help.  The zoo asked her to leave the zoo because her behavior was dangerous to herself as well as the lions.

“She was asked to leave the zoo permanently,” Dane said.  “She will not be granted access to the zoo anymore.”

All employees were given a copy of her photo in case she tried and enter the zoo again.

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