Call Released After Jaguar Attacks Woman at Arizona Zoo


After this latest jaguar incident, people immediately began raising concerns about the fate of the jaguar, but the zoo responded quickly to quell those fears.

Kristy Morcum, a spokeswoman for the zoo, told the news outlet that the woman loved the zoo and "feels terrible about the bad publicity the zoo is getting regarding the incident". Instead, she framed the incident as a "crazy accident", CBS reported.

The jaguar that attacked an Arizona woman - who jumped a barrier to snap a selfie with the feline - will not be euthanized, zoo officials said Sunday.

On Sunday, the zoo assured people that "nothing will happen to our jaguar".

Adam Wilkerson, who was at the zoo on Saturday, told FOX10 he heard the woman scream for help.

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"She's a wild animal and there were proper barriers in place to keep our guests safe - not a wild animal's fault when barriers are crossed".

Michele Flores was at the zoo with her son and grandkids when she saw the attack.

Another zoo visitor reportedly managed to divert the jaguar's attention by jamming a water bottle into the cage, allowing the woman to pull her hand away. Witnesses rushed to distract the jaguar and save the woman from its grasp. Video shows a woman on the ground with deep gashes and blood, writhing in pain. "If you put the jaguar down, I'll NEVER go there again", wrote a woman on Twitter.

Zoo officials said the woman received several stitches at a nearby hospital but was not kept overnight. The animal reached out and swiped her arm with its paw, causing the woman to suffer non-life threatening lacerations, the Post reported.

Zoo owner Mickey Ollson told that about a year ago, the big cat scratched another guest who also had crossed the barrier. "That happens occasionally. And we put substantial barriers there and if people cross them, they can get in trouble".