On Friday, a mauled man pleaded not guilty to charges of trespassing on zoo property. The man was mauled by a tiger when he scaled the barriers of a tiger den at the largest zoo in NYC. The 25-year-old-man, David Villalobos, was bitten numerous times by the 400 lb. beast. He also received a broken rib along with several other broken body parts, according to a Jan. 11. Yahoo! report.
After the brutal tiger attack the man told officials,
"I was testing my natural fear. You would not understand. It is a spiritual thing, I wanted to be at one with the tiger.”
However, Zoo director Jim Breheny had this to say,
“The tiger did nothing wrong. ... somebody was deliberately trying to endanger themselves.”
Villalobos was lucky to escape with his life. Zoo officials said he was in the tiger's den for about 10 minutes before they chased the Siberian tiger away with a fire extinguisher.
Shortly after the mauled man pleaded not guilty, he was released. The district attorney's office said his next court date is March 12.