Jaguar Attacks Woman As She Tried To Take Selfie Behind Barricade


The zoo, citing witness accounts, has said the woman crossed over a barrier to get a photo and was attacked by a female jaguar.

Paramedics were called to treat the woman for lacerations to her arm.

Fox 10 Phoenix reporter Jennifer Auh said on Monday morning that the woman had reached out to the zoo to apologise, saying she was wrong to jump the barrier.

When people on social media got curious as to how the woman got injured, the zoo stated that she climbed over a barrier intending to get a photo.

The woman, in her 30s, later returned to the zoo and apologised for the incident, the news website reported.

She was taken to a hospital for injuries that were described as non-life-threatening, the report said.

The zoo said on Twitter that the jaguar will not be put down in light of the attack.

"We're in a part of society, our culture, where we want that great picture but that's at too great a cost", Block said.

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She's expected to survive.

She was seen crossing the barrier at the big cat's enclosure, Wildlife World Zoo said in a statement. "Everyone yelling for help and no Zoo employees anywhere in sight". "I saw the other girl up against the fence with her arm caught in the jaguar's claws", he added.

Wilkerson avoided pulling the woman off the jaguar because doing so would have potentially made things worse. "I could see the claws in her actual flesh", he said.

Instead of pulling the woman, Wilkerson was quick-thinking and chose to distract the jaguar. Wilkerson's mother was able to distract the jaguar by shoving a bottle of water into the cage.

Another video taken by Wilkerson appears to show the same jaguar chewing on a plastic water bottle inside its enclosure.

First, we must note that her injuries are non-life threatening. Zoo authorities, however, assured animal lovers that the big cat will not be put down.

This was not the first time the female jaguar hurt a park visitor.

Video of the aftermath of the attack went viral on Sunday, with over one million views and 10,000 shares. Ollson said about a year ago, it scratched another person who crossed the barrier. "I think many times zoo architects and zoo directors forget what a thrill it is".