New York native, David Villalobos, has pleaded not guilty to
trespassing charges after he jumped into the tiger exhibit at the
Bronx Zoo. On September 21, Villalobos jumped off a monorail train into the cage,
clearing its 16-foot high fence. He was attacked by a Siberian tiger named
Bashuta, who bit him on his arms, legs, back, and shoulder. In addition,
he suffered a punctured lung and many broken bones. After being in the
cage alone with the tiger for 10 minutes, Villalobos was rescued by zoo
workers who drove away the animal with a fire extinguisher. Zoo officials
say that Villalobos was fortunate to have escaped with his life, since
he was with the animal for enough time to have sustained much worse injury.
ABC news report, 25-year-old Villalobos claims that his conscious decision to jump into
the enclosure was not a suicide attempt, but a natural test of his fears
and a spiritual goal to "be at one with the tiger". The Bronx
Zoo maintains that the animal would not be euthanized since the man made
an intentional decision to put himself in danger. Though the zoo promised
to review its safety procedures, they believe that this was a highly unusual
occurrence for which they are not responsible.
The zoo has charged David Villalobos with trespassing, to which he has
pleaded not guilty. He has been released until another court appearance
in March. If you or someone you know have been charged with trespassing,
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