From the Austrailian
Man Climbs Into Lions Den
September 14, 2004
A young man who climbed into Melbourne Zoo’s lion enclosure today escaped unscathed when staff lured the big cats away from him. The man climbed a 6m fence and into the enclosure housing the four adult lions at about 3pm (AEST). He got a Bible out of his bag and started talking to shocked onlookers, witnesses said. A spokeswoman for the zoo said staff lured the lions away from the man.
“They opened the doors to their feeding dens and they are habituated to food being there so they walk in those doors when they open,” she said. But the man had been in serious danger, she said.
“They are wild animals and they are large male lions and there are four of them, so I’m sure you can work that out for yourself,” she said. Zoo visitor Trevis Lonnie said the man held a Bible above his head and spoke to worried onlookers.
“All the staff started going crazy obviously, and he pulled a yellow Bible out his bag and he held it up and was asking the crowd if they wanted him to go and pat them,” he told Channel 10. Police were called to the zoo and the man was taken to Royal Melbourne Hospital for assessment.