Memphis Zoo: Woman jumps barrier to feed cookies to lions

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - In Tennessee, there was a bizarre incident at the Memphis Zoo on Monday involving a singing woman and cookies.

Officials say a singing zoo visitor hopped the barrier into the lion enclosure and tried to feed cookies to the big cats and serenade them with song.

"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," said Abbey Dane of the Memphis Zoo.

Then on Monday morning the woman, dressed in brown scrubs, came back and jumped a barrier in front of the lions, who witnesses say walked right up to the fence that has a half an inch spacing in between the wires. She was singing to the lions.

"Some song (was about) how much she missed them. It was bizarre," said Abby Dane, a worker at the zoo.  "I've never seen someone singing to a lion. It was really loud."

Dane said the woman was trying to feed the lions cookies in both instances. A  barrier is right next to the wires and the lions are right behind that. One witness said she crossed the barrier twice.

"She was coming back and she crawled up on it again and was leaning forward," said Dane.

All of this occurred in front of a lot of zoo visitors.

Someone called a zoo hotline to report the woman's strange and dangerous behavior.

"She was asked to leave the zoo permanently. She will not be granted access to the zoo anymore," said Dane.

Courtesy: NBC News Channel