Terrifying video shows the moment a woman, who appears to have climbed into a lion enclosure, teasing one of its inhabitants just metres away.
Footage shared to Instagram shows the woman waving and dancing as a large lion stares intensely at her at the Bronx Zoo in New York.
Instagram user realsobrino shared several clips of the woman’s daring act, sparking disbelief online.
“Very, very stupid idea, obviously she has a death wish,” one person wrote.
The woman climbed over a waist-high wooden barrier before stopping short of a moat separating the lions from the public.
The zoo confirmed the incident occurred on Saturday and stressed the dangers of such actions.
"This action was a serious violation and unlawful trespass that could have resulted in serious injury or death,” Bronx Zoo said in a statement to NBC News.
"Barriers and rules are in place to keep both visitors, staff and animals safe. We have a zero-tolerance policy on trespass and violation of barriers."
It is unclear if she was removed from the zoo or whether she will face criminal charges.