A woman who sparked outrage after being filmed climbing into a monkey enclosure has reportedly been fired from her job.
Lucy Rae was caught on camera casually perching on a ledge as two full-sized spider monkeys approached her.
She then allegedly fed them Hot Cheetos before walking off through the river baring a grin.
Rae’s actions have been slammed since a video went viral on
, being seen more than 138,000 times.
The director of El Paso Zoo, Joe Montisano, called her “stupid and lucky” after the dangerous act and said the zoo plans to press charges, according to ABC-7.
They also report an El Paso law firm identified the woman to be Rae yesterday (May 24) and have since fired her from the job.
The Lovett Law Firm said it did not condone Rae’s actions or have any advanced knowledge of her intentions.
El Paso police are investigating the incident but no arrests have yet been made.
In an interview with local TV station ABC-7, Mason explained: “These are primates we're talking about, they could do some substantial damage to you.
“They may be small monkeys but they can take you to the ground if they wanted to.”
Mason also said she endangered the welfare of the primates by feeding them.
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She explained that they have a specialised diet so feeding them could cause stomach problems and bowel disruptions.
And there is a further risk of the monkeys getting coronavirus.
“Anything that we have they could get as well so Covid is no different,” Kleist said.
“We took the necessary steps to prevent them from getting that, so for someone to just go in there and give them food from their hands could just ruin that.”
Mr Kleist added that it is now “going to take a long time” get the animals to trust their zookeepers again after the woman’s five minutes of video for Instagram “ruined years of work”.
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