Man filmed diving into Sydney Zoo aquarium prompts police investigation

People can be heard laughing in video as person swims alongside fish

Zoe Tidman
Wednesday 29 July 2020 19:41
Man swims in aquarium at Sydney zoo

Police have launched an investigation after a man jumped into an aquarium in Australia.

Video footage shows a person — appearing to only be wearing boxer shorts — emerge from the water as fish dart about.

People can be heard laughing as the man swims alongside animals in the tank at Sydney Zoo.

He rises to the surface for air before diving back down and heading towards the glass, the video, which was posted on social media, shows.

New South Wales Police Force told The Independent: “Officers from Blacktown Police Area Command are investigating reports of a man trespassing at a zoo in western Sydney.”

The force said they have been told the man went into the zoo’s aquarium section around 3pm local time on Monday and swam in the tank.

“The zoo was open at the time,” they said.

Jake Burgess, managing director at Sydney Zoo, told 7News Sydney: “We are completely appalled that people would behave in this way.

“It not only jeopardises their own safety but that of the welfare of our animals as well.”

Footage of the incident shows fish swimming around while someone behind the camera says: “What a tank.”

The animals start darting about suddenly, as a man appears in the water.

Police have said inquiries are ongoing.

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