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Tiger-mauled ex-Bond broker to check in to mental hospital

October 15, 2013 06:30PM

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From left: Bronx Zoo entrance, David Villalobos and tigers in the zoo

From left: Bronx Zoo entrance, David Villalobos and tigers in the zoo

Former Bond New York broker David Villalobos, who was mauled by a 400-pound Siberian tiger in September 2012, is to spend one year in a mental health facility under a bizarre plea bargain deal.

Villalobos, who leapt from the Bronx Zoo monorail and into the tiger’s den, pleaded guilty to tresspassing, the Bronx distict attorney said, according to the New York Daily News.

Asked at the time why he made the ill-fated jump, Villalobos said that “everybody in life makes choices.”

He later called the leap “a spiritual thing. I wanted to be at one with the tiger.” [NYDN]Julie Strickland

  • Ricky

    lolol

  • David

    moron wanted to be “at one” with the Tiger. why are taxpayers footing the bill for him? He committed no crime. He wants to be with the Tiger. Bring him back to the tiger and leave him there.

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