Jaguar Attacks Woman Who Climbed Zoo Barrier for Selfie

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The incident occurred Saturday at the Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park in Litchfield Park, Arizona, where emergency workers responded around 6.40pm and found "a female in her 30s with lacerations on her arm", said Shawn Gilleland, a spokesman for the Rural/Metro Fire Department.

"The person involved met privately with zoo officials to acknowledge her regret for her role in the past weekend's event", said the statement, which wasn't attributed to a specific person. Zoo officials said she required several stitches to treat her wounds. The woman had climbed over a concrete barrier to get closer to the animal to snap a selfie with her smartphone.

The jaguar reportedly reached through its enclosure and hooked its claws into the woman's arm as she posed for the selfie. "That happens occasionally. And we put substantial barriers there and if people cross them, they can get in trouble". She apologized and admitted fault, Mocum added.

Zoo spokeswoman Kristy Morcum said that the woman "feels awful about the bad publicity the zoo is getting regarding the incident".

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The zoo sent another message on Sunday, assuring the public that "nothing will happen to our jaguar", and adding that it's "not a wild animal's fault when barriers are crossed".

"Without thinking, I had no idea what I was going to see, I just ran over there". Eyewitness Michele Flores pushed a water bottle through the fence to get the animal to let go of the woman. The zoo issued a statement Monday on Twitter thanking people who supported the company for not euthanizing the jaguar.

This is the second time the 4- to 5-year-old female jaguar has swiped at someone who crossed the barrier, Wildlife World Zoo Director Mickey Ollson told ABC15.

Meanwhile, witness Adam Wilkerson said, "The claws that were retracted were definitely outside of the cage and grasped around her hand, and she holding her other arm, with her arm attached to the paw just screaming, screaming, screaming, to get out", according to AzFamily.

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