Man accused of breaking into zoo, trying to enter tiger enclosure

BOSTON — A 24-year-old man has been arrested after police said he broke into a closed zoo and tried to get into a tiger enclosure.

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Matthew Abraham of Worcester, Massachusetts, had climbed over a gate at Franklin Park Zoo in Boston before 9 a.m. Monday before the zoo had opened for the day, WFXT reported.

Zoo officials told WFXT that Abraham was seen by staff members in a non-public area of the zoo behind the exhibit. When he was spotted, he climbed over a gate and exited the area.

Zoo security and other staff members searched the facility for Abraham and found him quickly.

Massachusettes State Police said Abraham did not get into the habitat of the zoo’s only tiger and was not injured during the incident.

The tiger exhibit opened in 2006 and houses Anala, the zoo’s only tiger. She was rescued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from owners who had her illegally and in what was called neglectful conditions, WFXT reported.

Abraham is facing charges of trespassing and disorderly conduct.