Woman accused of sneaking into Bronx Zoo lion den due in court

THE BRONX (WABC) -- The woman suspected of climbing into the lion's exhibit at the Bronx Zoo and taunting the animal as it looked on is due in court Thursday.

Authorities say 32-year-old Myah Autry surrendered to police in Brooklyn Wednesday night.

A bystander's Instagram videos showed the incident last month.

The zoo said it has a "zero-tolerance policy" for this type of behavior.

"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," the zoo said in a statement.

The park told police that there is a moat with an approximately 14-foot drop between where the woman was standing in the video and the lion.

When police saw the video, they asked the woman to turn herself in. Instead, Autry posted another video rapping, taunting police and calling herself "queen." But it seems she decided to surrender anyway.

Autry was also in court in Kearny, New Jersey, within the last two weeks to answer to a shoplifting charge.

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