Shirtless man says he’s Tarzan, swings on rope to get into monkey exhibit in CA zoo

Shirtless man says he’s Tarzan, swings on rope to get into monkey exhibit in CA zoo

[Ed. – Well, he does look a little like Ron Ely.]

A shirtless man who was arrested after claiming to be Tarzan and trying to get into two exhibits in the Santa Ana Zoo was likely under the influence of drugs at the time, police said Wednesday.

Officers responded to the zoo — located at 1801 E. Chestnut Ave. — at around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and discovered 37-year-old John William Rodenborn covered in mud, according to Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department.

He told them he was the fictional character Tarzan. …

During the 911 call, the zoo director said that Rodenborn had climbed up one particular tree and onto a 20-foot retaining wall above the monkey exhibit.

The shirtless [man] then climbed down and hid behind some bamboo, “sort of sleeping, or resting. He’s covered with mud,” Yamaguchi told the dispatcher.

When police arrived at the scene and arrested him, Rodenborn was found to be in possession of methamphetamine, and was likely under the influence of the drug at the time, according to Bertagna.

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