A woman who is wanted by police for trespassing after climbing into the lion enclosure at the Bronx Zoo told reporters in a bizarre interview that she wasn't afraid to approach the wild animal.
“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 Autry said press after a court appearance on Thursday for a shoplifting charge in Kearny, New Jersey.
When Autry left the courthouse she greeted the reporters with a bow, according to NBC New York. “Shalom," she said.
In a 15-minute interview, Autry said her decision to climb a fence and head into the lion's den was a "spiritual" experience.
“I am the lion now. Can’t you tell? Have you ever heard of reincarnation? Do your history young man!” she instructed a reporter. Then she complimented his eyes and smile.
“Do your history, it’s called reincarnation. I am the lion now," she repeated.
Autry was caught on video in late September standing in front of the lion in the African lion exhibit. Videos show she broke into a dance and waved at the creature, which stood nearly motionless, staring at her.
The Bronx Zoo confirmed the woman had breached a barrier and said there was a concrete trench between Autry and the lion.