VIDEO: Ohio Man Jumps Fence at Columbus Zoo to Pet Cougars

A man is facing charges after he jumped a fence at the Columbus Zoo last week to get up close and personal with a couple of cougars and then posted footage of his escapade to YouTube. Zoo officials are calling the video "alarming" and are looking to prosecute 35-year-old Joshua Newell for trespassing. The video, which shows Newell calling out "Here, kitty kitty," and attempting to stick his fingers in a cougar's mouth at one point (1:38), can be viewed below:

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Alaina Nutile is the Web Editor who oversees all digital content and social media initiatives for Cleveland Scene Magazine and Detroit Metro Times. Before joining the staff in June 2013, she interned at Business Insider in New York City, and at La Hora in Quito, Ecuador. Alaina is a graduate of Kalamazoo College...
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