Jaguar attacks woman who "crossed over barrier" at zoo to take selfie

12 March, 2019, 07:31 | Author: Emmett Rice
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The Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium & Safari Park in Arizona responded to her.

A woman who was attacked by a female jaguar at the Wildlife World Zoo in Litchfield Park, Arizona, has reportedly apologized for her part in the incident.

"Wildlife World staff and administrators appreciate her honest apology and we look forward to welcoming her and her family back at a future date", the zoo said. He said he didn't want to pull her off. The woman had climbed over a concrete barrier to get closer to the animal to snap a selfie with her smartphone.

And, in a separate interview with CBS News, the woman said she wasn't "attacked", but instead called the incident a "crazy accident".

A spokesman for a local police department confirmed that the woman was trying to take a selfie near the jaguar enclosure when one reached out and clawed her.

"We can promise you nothing will happen to our jaguar".

On Sunday, the woman returned to the zoo, reports AZFamily.com, to speak with the zoo's owner and apologize for her actions.

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

Outside perspective: Adam Wilkerson, who visited the zoo with his family, said he heard the woman screaming for help and went to assist her, according to CNN.

Wildlife World Zoo officials told social media users the jaguar "won't be put down" after a woman in her 30s suffered injuries to her arm following the Saturday incident.

The woman said she loved the zoo and "feels terrible about the bad publicity the zoo is getting regarding the incident", spokeswoman Kristy Morcum told the outlet.

In response to multiple inquiries on Twitter about what would happen to the jaguar, the zoo said she would not be put down and that it is not the animal's fault when barriers are crossed.

Last summer, a male jaguar escaped from an enclosure at Audubon Zoo in New Orleans and went on a rampage, killing nine other animals at the zoo: five alpaca, three foxes and an emu.

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