US Man Jumps Fence To Pet Cougars At Zoo And Films It
Ohio zoo officials say they are pressing charges against a man who jumped a fence to pet cougars, then posted his video on YouTube.
The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium says the Delaware County Sheriff's office has charged a suspect with a misdemeanour count of trespassing.
Sheriff's spokeswoman Tracy Whited says 35-year-old Joshua Newell was served on Friday with a summons to appear in court on Wednesday.
The video posted earlier this week shows an outer fence being jumped, then two cougars being petted through another fence as a voice says things such as "Kitty, kitty, kitty."
Columbus Zoo CEO Tom Stalf says in a statement that animal welfare and safety are top priorities. He calls the video "alarming."
A telephone listed to Newell's suburban Gahanna address rang busy on Saturday.