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NY man mauled by tiger pleads guilty to trespassing

NEW YORK A man who was mauled after jumping into a Bronx Zoo tiger den will have to spend time in a mental health facility as part of his conditional discharge.

David Villalobos
David Villalobos WCBS-TV

The New York Daily News reports that David Villalobos pleaded guilty Tuesday to trespassing.

The 26-year-old Mahopac, N.Y., resident must spend one year in the psychiatric facility as part of a plea bargain deal.

Villalobos jumped from a monorail train that tours the zoo's Wild Asia exhibit in September 2012. He scaled a fence to reach the Siberian tiger named Bashuta and was attacked and seriously injured.

According to the court complaint, he told police it was "a spiritual thing." He said he wanted to be "at one with the tiger."

He was attacked by a 400-pound Siberian tiger named "Bashuta." He suffered bites and several other injuries, reports WCBS New York.

According to the complaint, Villalobos told an officer, "I was testing my natural fear."

Man mauled after jumping in tiger den at Bronx Zoo
A scene of the tiger enclosure at the Bronx Zoo.