Woman Crosses Barrier To Get Selfie With Jaguar, Attacked
A woman has been attacked by a jaguar at an Arizona zoo after she breached a safety barrier to get a selfie.
According to the Wildlife World Zoo, the woman crossed the barrier to get a photo before she was attacked.
"The visitor sustained non-life threatening injuries to their arm from one of our female jaguars. At the request of the family, paramedics were called. At no time was the animal out of its enclosure ... please understand why barriers are put in place. Sending prayers to the family tonight," the zoo tweeted.
Please understand why barriers are put in place. Sending prayers to the family tonight. pic.twitter.com/2MPb8bXhwR— Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park (@ZooWildlife) March 10, 2019
The woman, believed to be in her 30s, was taking to hospital trying to take the selfie near the fence of the jaguar enclosure when it reached out and attacked her arm.
Adam Wilkerson was at the zoo with his family and told CNN the moment someone came running from the enclosure.
"Without thinking, I had no idea what I was going to see, I just ran over there," he said.
"I saw the girl up against the fence with her arm caught in the jaguar's claws."
He said he stood behind her but didn’t want to pull her off the big cat as he “could see the claws in her flesh.”
Instead, Mr Wilkerson’s mum distracted the jag by shoving her water bottle through the cage. It worked.
"When my mum put the water bottle through the gate, the jaguar let go of the girl. And we pulled the girl back and she collapsed," he said.
The zoo stated the jaguar won’t be put down.
She won’t be put down.— Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park (@ZooWildlife) March 10, 2019
We can promise you nothing will happen to our jaguar. She’s a wild animal and there were proper barriers in place to keep our guests safe- not a wild animals fault when barriers are crossed. Still sending prayers to her and her family.— Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park (@ZooWildlife) March 10, 2019