Zoo Jumper Hoped to Be 'One With the Tiger'
David Villalobos was not attempting suicide: police
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 22, 2012 2:36 PM CDT
The scene where a man was mauled by a tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York.   (AP Photo/WABC-TV)

(Newser) – The former real estate agent who leaped into a tiger's den at the Bronx Zoo yesterday planned to be "one with the tiger," not take his own life, police say. David Villalobos, 25, told the officers who saved him that he even petted 11-year-old Bachuta—a 400-pound male Amur tiger—after the cat tried hauling Villalobos away, the New York Daily News reports. "Everyone in life makes choices," he reportedly told police.

This conflicts with an earlier account on DNAinfo.com that had sources saying Villalobos "wanted to die." As for his leg, he apparently broke it (and an ankle) when he landed on all fours jumping from the zoo monorail. "No one should be surprised he landed on all fours considering his passion for cats," said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne. Villalobos, still recuperating in a hospital, will probably be charged with trespassing.

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fractal
Sep 23, 2012 11:15 AM CDT
David, You do not need to be THAT literal. 500 micrograms would have been a better route. I know because I became a primordial big cat that way once----so impressive that I got a tattoo to remember the experience. MEOW!!!
DaveMartin
Sep 23, 2012 10:47 AM CDT
there isn't much to say here, except: what an idiot.
HANKHILL
Sep 23, 2012 9:32 AM CDT
to bad tiger did not get to eat this "one"! darwin at the zoo!