Singing zoo visitor hops barrier to feed lions cookies - News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH

Singing zoo visitor hops barrier to feed lions cookies

After the barrier, the only thing that separates a patron from the lions is wire. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) After the barrier, the only thing that separates a patron from the lions is wire. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
Visitors contacted Memphis Zoo security when a woman jumped the barrier into the lions' enclosure to feed them cookies. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Visitors contacted Memphis Zoo security when a woman jumped the barrier into the lions' enclosure to feed them cookies. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)

(WMC) - Visitors contacted Memphis Zoo security when a woman jumped the barrier into the lions' enclosure to feed them cookies.

"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 said.

Her second incident, hopping the fence and then singing to the animals, was this woman's second incident. After the barrier, the only thing that separates a patron from the lions is wire.

"[She was singing] some song that was telling how much she missed them. It was bizarre," witness Michelle Beasley. "I've never seen someone singing to a lion. It was really loud."

Dane said the woman was trying to feed the lions cookies in both instances.

"She was coming back, and she crawled up on it again and was leaning forward," Beasley said.

The woman was caught because someone called the zoo's hotline number for help. The woman's behavior was dangerous for her and the lions.

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

Employees have her photo in case she shows up again.

Copyright 2014 WMC Action News 5. All rights reserved.

  • WTOL 11 Top StoriesWTOL 11 Top StoriesMore>>

  • KY Chick-fil-A serves 178 cars in an hour, breaks it's own drive-thru record

    KY Chick-fil-A serves 178 cars in an hour, breaks it's own drive-thru record

    Sunday, September 23 2018 9:06 PM EDT2018-09-24 01:06:39 GMT
    Employees at the Jefferson Commons Chick-fil-A hold up a sign bearing their record-breaking stats (Source: Facebook)Employees at the Jefferson Commons Chick-fil-A hold up a sign bearing their record-breaking stats (Source: Facebook)

    Three cars a minute. That’s how fast the Jefferson Commons Chick-fil-a drive-thru served customers between the hours of 12-1 p.m. on Friday. The numbers add up to a whole lot of waffle fries and sandwiches. 

    More >>

    Three cars a minute. That’s how fast the Jefferson Commons Chick-fil-a drive-thru served customers between the hours of 12-1 p.m. on Friday. The numbers add up to a whole lot of waffle fries and sandwiches. 

    More >>
  • Woman warns of $1,000 check that’s a scam

    Woman warns of $1,000 check that’s a scam

    Sunday, September 23 2018 8:48 PM EDT2018-09-24 00:48:42 GMT
    (Source: WAFF)(Source: WAFF)
    (Source: WAFF)(Source: WAFF)

    The scammers said to go to Walmart, buy $50 worth of purchases and then to buy $700 worth of iTunes gift cards in specific denominations. They also asked Thomas to send PIN numbers of the iTunes cards and evaluate customer service.

    More >>

    The scammers said to go to Walmart, buy $50 worth of purchases and then to buy $700 worth of iTunes gift cards in specific denominations. They also asked Thomas to send PIN numbers of the iTunes cards and evaluate customer service.

    More >>
  • In governor's races, Trump emerges as a defining issue

    In governor's races, Trump emerges as a defining issue

    Sunday, September 23 2018 7:53 PM EDT2018-09-23 23:53:29 GMT
    (Source: AP Images)(Source: AP Images)

    Governor's races are on the ballot in 36 states this year, and the common thread running through many of them has nothing to do with state policy: It's President Donald Trump.

    More >>

    In Michigan, Trump has supported Republican Attorney General Bill Schuette in his run for governor against the Democrat, former legislative leader Gretchen Whitmer.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly