Police have detained a Texas lady who was captured on film feeding spider monkeys after climbing into an exhibit at the El Paso Zoo.
According to a police news release, the lady, Luz Elizabeth Rae, 26, was arrested and placed into the El Paso County Detention Facility on a charge of criminal trespass.
The agency noted, “The lady caught on social media trespassing into an El Paso Zoo monkey exhibit cage trekking over muddy water has been apprehended.”
Rae’s position at the Lovett Law Firm was jeopardized as a result of the zoo stunt. Her action was described as “irresponsible and reckless” by the employer, which dismissed her on Monday.
“We support the El Paso Zoo, and our thoughts and prayers are with the spider monkeys, Libby and Sunday, as they recover from their ordeal,” the business stated in a statement.
Rae was seen sitting on a rock within the enclosure, pretending to throw food towards two monkeys in a video shared on social media.
Rae’s action, according to Zoo Director Joe Montisano, was “dumb” and hazardous.
“These are primates, after all. They have canine teeth and are robust. They have the ability to scratch. We don’t have much contact with them on a daily basis “‘I told the press,’ he said. “And without a barrier between us, we don’t interact with them.”
Because of the woman’s actions, Montisano believes the zoo will have to raise the fence surrounding the spider monkey display, making it more difficult for visitors to observe the monkeys.