A Colorado man is lucky to be alive but still in a bit of trouble after he hopped a fence at the Denver Zoo to pet a sleeping tiger.

Zoo officials say 34 year old Matthew Swearingen climbed a barrier fence at the new tiger exhibit but never actually got close to the big cat. He said he just wanted to touch it. He was cited for criminal trespassing. Meanwhile, the zoo is looking into whether it needs to add more barriers so that others can’t try to do the same thing.

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