The woman who was caught on camera climbing into a lion's enclosure at a New York City zoo has spoken out about the incident for the first time in a bizarre rant.
Myah Autry was tracked down by reporters outside of a court in Kearny, New Jersey, on Thursday where she had been summoned to appear on an unrelated shoplifting charge.
In a strange interaction with the media - one almost as peculiar as her September encounter with the Bronx Zoo lion – the 32-year-old bowed to reporters with a ‘shalom’, before launching into a largely uninterrupted, and often-rambling, 15 minute monologue.
In which, Autry said her reasoning for hopping the safety barriers at the zoo was ‘a lot more spiritual’ than the foolish stunt it was painted to be, adding she never feared for her life when she was inside the enclosure.
‘I fear nobody. No animal, no human, no one. So no, I wasn’t fearing of the lion because the lion loved me. That’s why he came to me and I let the lion know: Lion, I love you,’ she told NBC4.
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In a strange interaction with the media - one almost as peculiar as her September encounter with the lion – the 32-year-old bowed to reporters with a ‘shalom’, before launching into a largely uninterrupted and often-rambling 15 minute monologue
With her outburst veering from the odd to the outright surreal, Autry assured the creature was never going to attack her, because she and the animal are at one with each other.
‘I am the lion now. Can’t you tell? Have you ever heard of reincarnation? Do your history young man!’ Autry urged one reported, before complimenting his eyes and smile, calling him ‘very handsome’.
‘Do your history, it’s called reincarnation. I am the lion now,’ she clarified once more.
Autry, who is believed to live in Harlem, refused to shed light on the shoplifting charge, and is still wanted by the NYPD for criminal trespassing.
Declining to confirm when she will turn herself into the police department, Autry did however want to make it clear she has no ill-will towards law enforcement.
‘I love the NYPD. Hi NYPD,’ she said, turning to the camera, before adding she participated in a Police Athletic League and the DARE program for years growing up.
Autry said she would turn herself in, but said ‘I do know the law’, seeming to imply she didn’t think her actions constituted criminal wrongdoing.
‘I don’t have no problem with the law. When we get together law, we will have a