A New York man who is recovering from injuries after he jumped into a tiger’s pen in the Bronx Zoo will face trespassing charges, police said Saturday.
David M. Villalobos, 25, of Mahopac, N.Y., told police he wanted “to be one with the tiger,” the Associated Press reported.
Villalobos survived the jump and ensuing attack thanks to the tiger’s less-than-ruthless reaction and the quick work of zoo employees, zoo director Jim Breheny said earlier.
Villalobos suffered broken bones from the fall and bite wounds from the tiger but was recovering Sunday. He told police that the jump wasn’t an attempt at suicide by tiger, and that he suffered most of his injuries from the fall. After he landed, the tiger dragged him around by the foot, Deputy Commissioner for Public Information Paul Browne told the AP.