“Here, kitty kitty,” is probably not something you should be saying to a cougar. Then again, you should probably not be petting a cougar either.
That’s exactly what the person in this video did at the the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio. The man hopped the first fence meant to keep visitors safe and began petting one of the cougars through its enclosure. While the man was not in mortal danger because of the fence between him and the animals, he could have easily lost a finger to a hungry mountain lion.
According to The Guardian, a Delaware Country Sheriff’s spokeswoman said 35-year-old in the video, Joshua Newell, was served on Friday with a summons to appear in court on Wednesday.