A Memphis zoo has taken the unusual step to ban a woman after the zany zoo-goer was caught climbing into the lion enclosure in order to do what any of us would do when facing down a great beast of the wild – serenade the lions and feed them cookies. The female visitor desperately wanted to interact with the big cats, and was heard singing to them about how much she missed them all. Talk about animal magnetism.
We’re quite certain that lions will eat cookies (even Animal Crackers) but when given a choice between cookies and say, an arm, there’s a good chance a lion may go for the latter. The Tennessee woman, who was not named, was seen on the other side of the barricade by other visitors, who aleterd zoo employees. They scolded the woman, kicked her out and told her to stay away.
“She was singing some song that was telling how much she missed them. It was bizarre,” witness Michelle Beasley said. “I've never seen someone singing to a lion. It was really loud.”
This was not the woman’s first outlandish outtake at the zoo:
“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 spokeswoman Abbey Dane said. “She was asked to leave the zoo permanently. She will not be granted access to the zoo anymore.”
A BOLO alert (Be On the Look-Out) has been issued to zoo employees. Sort of a casino's version of a watch-out-for-this card counter.
“After repeated offenses, a Zoo visitor was asked to leave permanently when they violated Zoo policy by crossing the first of several barriers which separate our guests from the lion enclosure. This person has been banned from the Memphis Zoo indefinitely. It is crucial that all visitors respect the barriers put in place for the safety of themselves and our animals,” Dane said.