Woman Fired for Allegedly Feeding Monkeys Flamin' Hot Cheetos at Texas Zoo

A zoogoer has been fired from her job at a law firm after being filmed climbing into a spider monkey enclosure and trying to feed the animals Flamin' Hot Cheetos.

Video posted on Instagram on Saturday showed the woman standing in the exhibit at El Paso Zoo in Texas. In the clip, she can be seen trying to feed two primates—who officials later said were named Libby and Sunday—while near a waterfall.

Zookeepers warned that the stunt put both the woman, who has not been named, and the monkeys at risk.

Park official Mason Kleist told ABC-7 on Sunday that the small monkeys, weighing about 13 pounds, can do "some substantial damage" and that interrupting the animals special diets could give them "stomach problems and bowel disruptions."

Zoo director Joe Montisano said the woman involved (who can be seen below) had been "stupid and lucky" and promised to beef-up security.

Amid the backlash, Lovett Law Firm released a statement on Monday night in which it said the woman in the video was an employee but "has been terminated."

The statement read: "We learned this morning that the individual who was filmed trespassing in the spider monkey enclosure of the El Paso Zoo was an employee of Lovett Law Firm. She has been terminated.

"The firm has always been a strong supporter of animals and animal advocacy. We absolutely do not condone this irresponsible and reckless behavior.

"We support the El Paso Zoo and our thoughts go out to the spider monkeys, Libby and Sunday, and hope that they will recover from this very traumatic experience."

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Another EL Paso-based lawyer later responded to the announcement by declaring he had hired the woman.

Responding to Lovett Law's post, Mark Davis told the firm: She did nothing on your clock yet you use your employer status to punish her for something at occurred while she was not working for you?"

He added: She was jobless because of your hatefulness, now a proud member of my law firm.

Newsweek has contacted Lovett Law and El Paso Zoo for comment.

Security cameras are set to be installed at the monkey exhibit, officials said, and plans are afoot to change the current fencing around the enclosure.

Montisano, told Newsweek on Monday: "The Spider Monkeys are fine. Maybe a little shaken up by the incident but they are fine.

"She was attempting to feed them Hot Cheetos, [but], it is still unclear if they actually ate any. From the video, they were more disturbed with her being there than concerned with the food."

It is not the first time the zoo has said it will modify security arrangements. Similar moves were made in March, when a video of two children inside a primate enclosure went viral.