Woman jumps into tiger enclosure at Toronto zoo to retrieve hat

The footage, posted to YouTube by Jared Sales, shows a woman in a red shirt jumping over the fence as a tiger paces back and forth and seems to become agitated. Only a thin metal fence separates the woman and the tiger. 

As the woman jumps back to safety unharmed, she is greeted by an angry crowd.

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Some were concerned about what could have happened in front of their children. An argument escalated between the woman and an upset couple who didn't approve of her fence-jumping stunt before they are finally separated. 

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"You're a bad example to everyone else's kids," another zoo visitor says. Staff were away from the pen at the time, Toronto Zoo spokeswoman Jennifer Tracey told CTV News. The zoo is investigating the incident, she said.

"It was very irresponsible of this individual to jump over the boardwalk and she could have easily injured herself by exciting the animal in this way," Tracey told CBC News. "The situation could have been much worse."

This incident came a few days after "tiger whisperer" Stacey Konwiser was mauled to death at Florida's Palm Beach Zoo. 

You can watch the video here. Warning, strong language can be overheard.

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