Lion at the Bronx Zoo
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The internet is livid about a woman who put her life and a Bronx Zoo lion's life in danger during a recent visit. 

Many will remember the terrifying and ultimately heartbreaking moment when a Silverback Gorilla, Harambe, was killed after a little boy fell into the enclosure after his parents tried to let him have a better look. Now a similar instance has taken place with a grown woman climbing over a barrier to get closer to a lion in the Bronx Zoo. Luckily she escaped unharmed, but had anything happened, the lion would have likely had to have been put down. 

Video surfaced on social media posted by onlookers and the woman herself, so the zoo issued a statement and decided it would press charges. Police are looking for her and intend to charge her with a misdemeanor of criminal trespassing. 

Videos have surfaced on social media of the woman climbing over a barrier, but she was separated from the lion by a deep moat. 

In the video, people can be heard attempting to tell the woman to get back. "She shouldn't be doing that," one person says. The zoo has filed a criminal complaint for trespassing against the woman identified as Myah Autry. Luckily, there was a deep moat separating the woman from the lion, who looked agitated, but had he lunged or attacked, there would have been severe consequences for both Autry and the animal.

Police are looking for Autry, who has remained active on social media. 

Autry spent her day at the zoo attempting to get close to most of the animals, including a pack of giraffes. It's difficult to tell from the video she shared to her Instagram, but it appears as though she stepped into another animal's enclosure. 

The zoo issued a statement to NBC News 4: "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. We have a zero tolerance policy on trespass and violation of barriers."

She shared tons of videos of her trip to the Bronx Zoo, and seemed to be an animal lover. 

From her captions and what she says in the video, it seems as though Autry has a soft spot in her heart for animals and nature. However, her attempt to get closer to them could have been extremely dangerous and detrimental for everyone involved. In this video, she admired a peacock, and in other clips that she posted to her account, she exclaims that she "loves" the lions and giraffes.

Many people on the internet are disturbed by her behavior and were reminded of Harambe, who was shot in 2016 because of another person breaking the rules and getting injured. 

"That lion in the Bronx Zoo saw what happened to Harambe. He wasn’t about to get caught slipping," one person wrote on Twitter. If a zoo animal hurts a person, even if it was the person's fault, there has to be consequences. That's why it was so disturbing, because if the lion had attacked her, it surely would have been killed, too. 

The lion seemed agitated, but overall was unbothered. It was probably thinking something like this meme. 

Scar from The Lion King said it best, "I'm surrounded by idiots." Honestly, that's probably exactly what the lion was thinking when this woman waved her hands and danced about in his enclosure. Apparently this needs to be said, but gates and barriers are there for a reason. Don't be that person who does something idiotic to get a closer look; it will only end in hurting yourself or the animal.