Some people like animals, and some people really like animals and will do almost anything to interact with them, even if that means breaking the law. While most in Massachusetts and elsewhere are content with the usual house pets, such as cats and dogs, others have an abiding interest in more exotic animals. Apparently, an intense interest in tigers led one man to break into the Franklin Park Zoo recently, and he was arrested for attempting to gain access to the park’s tiger enclosure.
Incident details and subsequent arrest
The incident occurred just before 9 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 21. A man described as 24 years old from Worchester had apparently broken into the zoo and was attempting to enter the tiger enclosure. He was arrested before he could gain access and suffered no harm.
Reportedly, his reason for doing so was simply that he had a strong interest in tigers. He had apparently scaled several fences while attempting to enter the tiger enclosure and ignored several signs to stay out of the areas. EMS crews from Boston evaluated the man to determine his mental competency and provide medical care, which the man refused. No humans or animals were harmed in the incident.
The Massachusetts man was arrested on charges of trespassing and disorderly conduct and was released after paying the standard bail clerk fee of $40. He also received orders from the court to appear for his arraignment at Dorchester District Court at an undisclosed date. Although the charges against him are misdemeanors, they can still have a considerable impact on the man’s life and future. Before his arraignment, the man will want to have legal counsel on his side to help him obtain the most favorable outcome possible for the charges against him.