Autry is also accused of entering a giraffe enclosure on the same day she paid her visit to the lion's exhibit. Autry told reporters last month that she hoped the lions were being treated well by the zoo and that she loved them.
“I love you lion, hope they treating you right in the zoo. Know Myah love you. I didn’t mean to mistreat you or nothing,” Autry said. “I seen how you came to me. We connected."
Kalhan Rosenblatt is a reporter for NBC News, based in New York.