When tourists come to the Big Apple (because only tourists would refer to New York City as such), one of the major attractions they must visit is the Bronx Zoo. But, a 45-minute subway ride away (or, an hour and a half if you’re directionally challenged like this reporter), many people who’ve lived in this city for four long years have never even seen it. Until yesterday, I was one of those people.
The 25-year-old was mauled after jumping into a tiger den on Friday, and was charged with misdemeanor trespassing on Saturday. The real estate agent from Mahopac, New York, triggered uproar over the weekend when news of his alarming stunt reached the media.
Villalobos, who has been described as an avid animal lover, was riding the zoo’s monorail train over ‘The Wild Asia’ exhibit when he suddenly jumped off, clearing a 16-foot perimeter fence—only to come face-to-face with Bashuta, an 11-year-old Siberian tiger—the lone tiger in the enclosure. The 400-pound cat attacked Villalobos, biting his arms, legs, shoulders and back. He also suffered a collapsed lung, and a broken right shoulder, right rib, right ankle and pelvis.
The Bronx is in shock today after seven family members, including three children, perished when their minivan fell nearly 60 feet off of the Bronx River Parkway and crashed in an unoccupied portion of the Bronx Zoo yesterday afternoon.
The crash, the city’s deadliest in over a year, occurred near 180th Street and Bronx River Parkway, only a few blocks away from the family’s South Bronx home. The New York Police Department reported in a statement that the crash was caused by a collision with the center median, which sent the vehicle across three lanes of traffic and over the guardrail. Read more…