Posted 43 days ago
A woman fired over a viral video showing her climb over a fence at an El Paso, Texas, zoo in order to feed Flamin' Hot Cheetos to spider monkeys says she did nothing wrong and will not apologize to the zoo.
The May, 2021, incident went viral on social media, but Luz “Lucy” Rae was excoriated as "stupid" for her actions that put her and the monkeys at risk.
She was also fired from her job at a law firm.
Zookeeper Mason Kleist vehemently criticized Rae at the time. Kleist said the monkeys could have harmed her significantly. He also said her climbing into the enclosure likely destroyed the trust that zookeepers had built up with the animals.
“It takes years to build trust with these animals and for someone to come in there for five minutes for a video on Instagram or whatever just ruins years of work,” Kleist told KVIA-TV. “It’s going to take a long time to get them back to where they were and training.”
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