(NEW YORK) — New York police plan to arrest the man who deliberately leaped into a tiger’s den at the Bronx Zoo and sustained critical injuries after the 400-pound cat mauled him.
On Friday, David Villalobos, 25, jumped 17 feet off an electric monorail ride and over an electric fence into the tiger den, suffering bite wounds on his arms, legs shoulders and back, as well as a broken ankle and arm.
When investigators asked Villalobos about his baffling behavior, he said he wanted to “be one with the tiger” and that “everybody in life makes choices,” New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said.
Villalobos will be charged with trespassing, Browne said.
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