Both men above walked out of the zoo alive. Others, not so much. And perhaps more importantly, no animals were harmed in the above stories. If anything, the experience took them away from the monotonous routine that is part of life as a zoo animal.
Proud displays of muscles and masculinity aside, it's a bit of a regular occurrence for men and women alike to hop zoo barriers, and usually, the reason is to simply pet the animals.
We don't even have to dig too far into recent memory to find a number of examples from across the globe.
Just a few weeks ago, a man voluntarily entered a polar bear's den at the Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark, resulting in a rubber-bullet shoot-out.
This Halloween an intoxicated Nebraskan woman broke into Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo in order to "pet" a tiger.
And in July, one man hopped a barrier at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio in order to stroke cougars' faces through a mesh fence while saying, "Here, kitty kitty kitty."
He took a video of the whole thing.