Tigers’ Den Jumper Wanted “To Be One” With Beast, Police Say

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    A 25-year-old man was charged with trespassing for jumping out of a monorail car into the Bronx Zoo’s tiger den because he wanted “to be one” with the animal, police said Saturday.

    David Villalobos, who is hospitalized in stable condition, said “his leap was definitely not a suicide attempt, but a desire to be one with the tiger,” according to Paul Browne, the NYPD’s chief spokesman.

    Villalobos was riding on the zoo’s Wild Asia monorail around 3 p.m. Friday when he jumped out of the rail car, “clearing the exhibit’s perimeter fence” and landing in the den, according to Bronx Zoo Director Jim Breheny.

    Villalobos suffered a broken right shoulder, broken rib, collapsed lung, broken ankle, broken pelvis and puncture wounds, according to police spokesman Brian Sessa. He later claimed to have pet one of the tigers before it backed off, Sessa added.

    The spokesman said Villalobos was charged with trespassing and criminal trespassing. An arraignment has not yet been set.

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