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What This Man Did At An Ohio Zoo Was Astounding…And Caught On Video

Last week a YouTube video of a local man petting two cougars at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium went viral. The video shows 35-year-old Joshua Newell jumping the fence to pet the cougars and even calling out “Here kitty, kitty, kitty”—just as if he was calling out to a house cat. 

Although Newell’s video was posted on YouTube last week, it’s unclear when Newell actually jumped the fence to pet the cougars. According to multiple news outlets, police charged Newell with trespassing and he is scheduled to appear in court this Wednesday.

April Dray
Ohio staff writer for Only in Your State, freelance journalist and blogger. Written word is my zeal. I love my cat and she tolerates me.