Before his now-infamous tangle with a Bronx Zoo tiger, David Villalobos adorned his Facebook page with New Age odes to Mother Earth and affirmations like, “Be love and fearless.”

Police said Saturday that Villalobos had told detectives that it was without fear that he leaped from an elevated train into the animal’s den. His reason, they said, was that “he wanted to be one with the tiger.”

Amazing. Millions of years of evolution, of species-wide experience forged into instinct within the unforgiving crucible of the ancestral environment, all powerless before the lure of New Age platitudes. Either that, or equally amazingly, intercessory prayer actually works.