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Woman Who Climbed Into Zoo Enclosure Says She Is A Lion Now

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Woman Who Climbed Into Zoo Enclosure Says She Is A Lion Now

A woman who became famous after she climbed into a lion's enclosure at a zoo says she now believes she is a lion herself.

Myah Autry, 32, told a reporter she now thinks she's a reincarnated lion. She made the claim while travelling to court after being taken in for a shoplifting charge in Kearny, New Jersey.

She said: "I am the lion now. Can't you tell? Have you ever heard of reincarnation? Do your history young man! Do your history, it's called reincarnation. I am the lion now."

When she became famous in September, she'd just casually climbed in to the pen of the obviously dangerous big cat at the Bronx Zoo in New York.

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Myah Autry now believes she is a lion. Credit: NBC New York
Myah Autry now believes she is a lion. Credit: NBC New York

After dancing in front of the animal, she thankfully managed to escape without a scratch on her. But despite her behaviour sparking outrage - if the lion had hurt her it could have been killed - she did not show any remorse for her behaviour.

She said she wasn't in any danger because of the 'moat' between her and the lion, telling NBC New York: "I fear nobody. No animal, no human, no one. So no, I wasn't fearing of the lion because the lion loved me. That's why he came to me and I let the lion know: Lion, I love you."

Myah did not want to comment on the shoplifting allegations against her.

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Myah appears to believe she has made friends with the lion whose enclosure she entered. Credit: NBC New York
Myah appears to believe she has made friends with the lion whose enclosure she entered. Credit: NBC New York

She is still wanted on a criminal trespass charge over the Bronx Zoo issue, but says she will hand herself in to police on an unspecified date.

The lady even had a message for her lion 'friend', telling him: "I love you lion, hope they treating you right in the zoo. Know Myah love you.

"I didn't mean to mistreat you or nothing.

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"I seen how you came to me. We connected. To the kids, respect your parents please. Your teachers. Authority."

Prior to being spoken to by police, she said: "I know you're gonna put this s*** on the news. I know it's gonna be all over. When I am ready to talk about the particular situation of the lion, I will."

The Bronx Zoo said in a statement: "This action was a serious violation and unlawful trespass that could have resulted in serious injury or death. Barriers and rules are in place to keep both visitors, staff and animals safe.

"We have a zero tolerance policy on trespass and violation of barriers."

Featured Image Credit: NBC New York

Topics: US News, Animals

Amelia Ward
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