Memphis Zoo Bans Woman for Singing and Sharing Cookies with Lions

Spreading joy can be hazardous to your health!
By Chris Menning
  • Lions – Memphis Zoo

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    Lions – Memphis Zoo

  • The Associated Press Reports…

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis Zoo officials have banned a woman after saying she climbed over a barrier to the enclosure where lions are kept and tried to feed them cookies.

    The unidentified woman’s actions were reported by other zoo patrons, who saw her jump the barrier and heard her singing to the animals. After the barrier, only wire separates guests from the lions inside the enclosure.

    Zoo spokeswoman Abbey Dane told Memphis station WMC-TV the woman’s behavior was dangerous for her and the lions. She said the woman won’t be allowed back into the facility.


  • According to NBC News, this isn’t the first time she’s done this.

    Abbey Dane, a spokeswoman for the zoo, told NBC station WMC of Memphis that security officers previously noticed the same woman throwing something to the lions last week. She said the woman also tried to feed them cookies during that incident.


  • No footage of the lions eating the cookies has been found. Here are the next best things.

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